Undergraduate Course: Introduction to International Relations (SSPS07003)
|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||This course is for HSS International Foundation Programme students only. It is not available to undergraduate students.
This course is designed for students on the HSS International Foundation Programme. It will give students a broad introduction to International Relations and equip students with the skills and knowledge they will need to succeed in a social sciences degree.
Introducing IR: (i) overview of course; (ii) the historical background; (iii) globalisation.
Theories: (i) Realism, Liberalism; (ii) contemporary variants; (iii) Marxist theories of international relations.
Theories: (i) Social constructivism; (ii) Poststructuralism; (iii) international ethics.
Structures and Agents: War, peace and security. This theme will inform all three tutorials.
Structures and Agents: (i) International political economy; (ii) gender; international law; (iii) transnational actors.
Key issues: (i) the environment; (ii) terrorism; (iii) nuclear proliferation.
Key issues: (i) global trade and finance; (ii) poverty and development; human rights; (iii) humanitarian intervention in world politics.
Review; (i) & (ii) continuity and change in international relations; (iii) preparing for the essay.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
||Lifelong Learning - Session 3
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
¿ Assessment 1: reflective blog posted by students based on reading. Each student will post 300-400 words once during the course and other students will comment. This will enable comprehension, practice in writing and group interaction. Worth 25% of the total course mark.
¿ Assessment 2: 2000 word essay submitted after the course finishes, worth 75% of the total course mark.
To pass, students must achieve a minimum of 40% in the combined mark (and a minimum of 30% in each assessment component).
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate a critical understanding of the main theories in IR;
- Reflect on the way structures and agents constitute international relations and world politics;
- Analyse contemporary issues in the light of different theories and the structure/agent relationship;
- Demonstrate an insight into the debate on and effects of globalisation.
|Baylis, J., Smith, S., and Owens, P. eds., 2010. The Globalization of World Politics, 5th ed. Oxford: OUP.|
Lawson, S., 2003. International Relations. Cambridge: Polity.
Web sources associated with The Globalization of World Politics
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||This course will enable students to develop skills of critical analysis and the capacity to express ideas and knowledge both in writing and in group discussion. This will be especially helpful in preparing students for first year degree study.
|Course organiser||Ms Kate McHugh
Tel: (0131 6)51 1589
|Course secretary||Mr Benjamin McNab
Tel: (0131 6)51 4832