Undergraduate Course: International Cooperation in Europe and Beyond (PLIT08006)
|School||School of Social and Political Science
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This 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.**
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.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting 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?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2021/22, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 19,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 9,
Summative Assessment Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Tutorial participation - 10%
Essay - 2000 words - 40%,
Take Home Exam - 50%
||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.
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S1 (December)||2:00|
|Resit Exam Diet (August)||2:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Develop conceptual knowledge of key dynamics and concepts, including sovereignty, legitimacy, power, and globalisation.
- Evaluate specific European and international institutions.
- Apply specific theories to practical developments in international politics.
- Develop a critical understanding of how and why states interact with, and within international institutions, and what the effects of these interactions are.
|- 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.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Patrick Theiner
|Course secretary||Mr Daniel Jackson
Tel: (0131 6)50 8253