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

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 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.

**Please note that this course will not be running in 2022-23. Students looking to transfer to degrees in Politics and International Relations should contact the subject area for further details.**
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: ( Introduction to Politics and International Relations (PLIT08004) OR Politics in a Changing World: An Introduction for non-specialists (PLIT08012)) AND Political Thinkers (PLIT08011)
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Politics and International Relations 1B: The Global Dimension (PLIT08018)
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 2021/22, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  550
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 50 %, Coursework 40 %, Practical Exam 10 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Tutorial participation - 10%
Essay - 2000 words - 40%,
Take Home Exam - 50%
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)2:00
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
- Theiner, P. (ed.) (2019) International Cooperation in Europe and Beyond (Custom Textbook) London:Palgrave/Red Globe Press.
- Kenealy, D., Peterson, J. and Corbett, R. (2018) (eds.) The European Union: How Does It Work? 5th edn. Oxford University Press.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
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Course organiserDr Patrick Theiner
Course secretaryMr Daniel Jackson
Tel: (0131 6)50 8253
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