Undergraduate Course: Theories of International Relations (PLIT10053)
|School||School of Social and Political Science
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||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 some of 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 and to offer them key analytical tools to compare and engage with theories that are the heart of their curriculum. A critical assessment will be made of the principal propositions and arguments of the theories drawn from the diverse traditions of classical realism, neoliberalism, constructivism, poststructuralism, feminism and gender, neo-Marxism and post colonialism.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students should have at least 4 Politics/International Relations courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses.
** as numbers are limited, visiting students should contact the Visiting Student Office directly for admission to this course **
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 10,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 9,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
Essay 1 (40%): 2000 words
Essay 2 (60%): 3000 words
||You will receive written feedback on each of your assignment. Each marker is available upon request to further discuss the written feedback provided.
|No Exam Information
| By the end of the course, it is expected that students will be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of key theories of international relations.
- Exhibit a strong understanding of competing analytical and ideological approaches for understanding the international system.
- Evaluate alternative explanations for particular developments and events in global politics.
- Develop a personal assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of the principal theories of international relations.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||This course has a quota. Preference will be given to Politics and IR students.
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||Plus 1 hr tutorial per week
|Course organiser||Dr Andrew Robert Hom
Tel: (0131 6)50 4688
|Course secretary||Mr Daniel Jackson
Tel: (0131 6)50 8253