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Undergraduate Course: International Cooperation in Europe and Beyond (PLIT08006)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course explores how and why states interact at the regional and international level. The course considers theoretical perspectives on both international relations and international political economy, before considering in detail the European Union, the World Trade Organisation and the United Nations.
Course description This course explores how and why states interact at the regional and international level with, and within, international organisations. The course examines organisations with specialized functions such as the WTO as well as those with a broader (EU) or even universal scope (UN). It considers theoretical perspectives from both international relations and international political economy to help us understand the politics and policies of these institutions. The study of these institutions is used to explore wider concepts of politics, including power, sovereignty, legitimacy, and globalisation. The course is team-taught through a combination of lectures and tutorials, with different PIR staff members teaching on their areas of expertise.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Political Thinkers (PLIT08011) AND ( Politics in a Changing World: An Introduction for non-specialists (PLIT08012) OR Introduction to Politics and International Relations (PLIT08004))
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should usually have at least 1 introductory level Politics course at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this) for entry to this course. We will only consider University/College level courses.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  428
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 19, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 9, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 166 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 60 %, Coursework 40 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework: 40%

Written Exam: 60%
Feedback Coursework will be returned with written feedback within 15 working days of submission. General and individual exam feedback will also be provided. Students will receive feedback prior to writing their final exam, namely an assessment of the 2,000-word essay they submit mid-way through the semester. Students may also submit a draft essay plan to tutors for formative feedback.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)International Cooperation in Europe and Beyond2:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Develop conceptual knowledge of key dynamics and concepts, including sovereignty, legitimacy, power, and globalisation.
  2. Evaluate specific European and international institutions.
  3. Apply specific theories to practical developments in international politics.
  4. Develop a critical understanding of how and why states interact with, and within international institutions, and what the effects of these interactions are.
Reading List
- Kenealy, D., Peterson, J. and Corbett, R. (2018) (eds.) The European Union: How Does It Work? 5th edn. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Ravenhill, J. (2017) (ed.) Global Political Economy 5th edn. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Weiss, T.G. and Daws, S. (eds.) (2007) The Oxford Handbook on the United Nations, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information Plus one hour tutorial.
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Patrick Theiner
Course secretaryMr Colin Arthur
Tel: (01316)51 3162
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