Undergraduate Course: Realism in International Relations (PLIT10069)
|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||A short description of the course: This course examines the emergence and development of Realist thought in the Twentieth Century. Often misrepresented in the IR theory literature, Realism is a complex and multifaceted theory of international politics which focuses on some of the most important features of international society including the role of human nature, the logic of international society, war, and international morality. Another aspect of the course is to ask the question: how best to understand Realist theory?
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
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 Section for admission to this course **
Course Delivery Information
|Not being delivered|
| At the end of the course the student should be able to:
- Identify key realist concepts and the changes in these concepts over time.
- Critically engage with the epistemology of IR theory.
- Have a greater understanding of the workings of international society.
- Apply Realist theory to real world events.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Special Arrangements for Entry: A quota of 45 students, with preference given in the following order:
(1) International Relations Single Honours 4th year;
(2) Politics Single Honours 4th year;
(3) Politics Joint Honours 4th year;
(4) International Relations Single Honours 3rd year;
(5) Politics Single Honours 3rd year;
(6) Politics Joint Honours 3rd year;
(7) Other SSPS students;
(8) Non-SSPS students
Please note: because of the high numbers of students enrolled, this course will almost certainly not be able to admit students from outside the College of Humanities and Social Science.
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||Lecture + 1 weekly 1 hr tutorial.
|Course organiser||Dr Sean Molloy
Tel: (0131 6)50 9920
|Course secretary||Ms Ruth Winkle
Tel: (0131 6)50 4253