Postgraduate Course: International Relations Theory (PGSP11156)
|School||School of Social and Political Science
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||The discipline of international relations is a relatively young academic subject, only emerging as a distinct field within political science in the aftermath of World War I. To differentiate itself from the disciplines of international law and history, its intellectual predecessors, international relations has developed a number of theories of the nature of the international and its constituent parts, which seek to explain, understand, judge and even predict international behaviour. These theories are heavily indebted to previously established traditions in political philosophy and social theory and the ways in which they conceive of the nature of the state and decision makers, history, social scientific explanation and the relationship between politics and morality.
The course is designed to introduce students to the major theoretical and conceptual traditions of international relations as a way to make sense of the complex issues, developments and events constituting the international. The key objective of the course is to introduce students to the most significant orthodox and critical theoretical approaches within international relations. A critical assessment will be made of the principal propositions and arguments of the theories drawn from the diverse traditions of classical realism, neo-realism, neoliberalism, constructivism, poststructuralism, feminism and gender, neo-Marxism and postcolonialism.
Week 1 The Purpose of IR
Week 2 Liberalism and IR:
Week 3 Realism
Week 4 Neorealism
Week 5 Neoliberalism
Week 6 The English School: Martin Wight and His Successors
Week 7 Marxist / Structuralist Approaches
Week 8 Critical Approaches and Post-structuralism
Week 9 Constructivism and IR
Week 10 Feminist Approaches to IR
Week 11 Revision Session
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2015/16, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Two essays weighting 40% for the first (1500 words) and 60% for the second (2500 words).
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Have an understanding of the major theories of International Relations and to the purpose of theory in International Relations
- Reflect on the historical development of International Relations Theory since WW1.
- Critically engage with the concepts of each of the theories under discussion.
- Critically evaluate the theories in comparison and contrast with the other theories of International Relations.
- Develop the skills to write in an informed manner on International Relations Theory
|Course Text Book: International Relations Discipline and Diversity, Dunne, Kurki and Smith (eds.) (Oxford: OUP, 2007). |
We recommend you also buy at least one of the recommended books:
Chris Brown and Kirsten Ainley: Understanding International Relations, 3rd Edition (London: Palgrave, 2005).
S. Burchill, A. Linklater et al: Theories Of International Relations, Latest Edition
John Baylis and Steve Smith (eds): The Globalization of World Politics , Latest Edition
W Carlsnaes, T Risse, Simmons (eds): The Handbook of International Relations (London: Sage, 2005) ¿ for the very committed and serious student.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Xavier Guillaume
Tel: (0131 6)50 3937
|Course secretary||Mrs Gillian Macdonald
Tel: (0131 6)51 3244
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