Undergraduate Course: Understanding International Relations (LLLJ07018)
|School||Centre for Open Learning
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 7 (Year 1 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||An introduction to the study of international relations focusing on three approaches: realism, liberalism, and Marxism. Students will gain an understanding of the political theories underlying each of these approaches and their application to contemporary world affairs.
This course is an introduction to the major principles, concepts, actors, and theories of the international system and their application to current issues in world affairs. The course is divided into two parts. Part one examines a number of theoretical approaches drawn from different intellectual traditions in the discipline, including classical and contemporary realism, liberalism, and radical approaches to International Relations, as well as contemporary debates on power and globalization. The second part discusses a number of current policy issues such as terrorism and security, human rights, governance and global institutions, the environment and poverty and development.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2017/18, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
||Lifelong Learning - Session 1
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Coursework: 2000 word essay (100%)
Each weekly 2 hour class will combine lecture and tutorial discussion. Essential and recommended readings will be set in advance of each class. Students will have the option to submit a formative assignment during the course and will be required to submit the summative assessment after the course has ended.
||All students will have the opportunity to submit a 1000 word practice essay mid-way through the course. This will be returned with feedback in time to help students prepare for the final assessment.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate a critical understanding of the main theories in IR.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the key structures and agents that constitute international relations and global politics.
- Critically assess debates and contemporary issues in international relations theory and world affairs.
- Apply the theoretical knowledge gained in analyses of concrete processes and changes in contemporary international relations.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Mr James Mooney
Tel: (0131 6)50 3077
|Course secretary||Mr Benjamin Mcnab
Tel: (0131 6)51 4832