School of Global Studies

International Relations

(MA) International Relations

Entry for 2011

FHEQ level

This course is set at Level 7 (Masters) in the national Framework for Higher Education Qualifications.

Course Aims

1. To provide students with the core skills and knowledge required for a possible transition to higher levels of research.
2. To enable students to develop a critical understanding of the methods and epistemologies of modern social science.
3. To enable students to employ that understanding actively through the completion of a research project in the field of IR, GPE or War and Peace Studies.
4. To enable students to develop a specialized knowledge of a particular sub-field of IR or War, Violence and Security.

Course Learning Outcomes

The three MA programmes provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, skills, qualities and other attributes in the following areas:

A. Knowledge and Understanding

Students will be able to:
1. Know, understand and critically evaluate a range of approaches to the study of IR, GPE or War, Violence and Security.
2. Possess an in-depth knowledge and understanding of a sub-field of the discipline.
3. Handle, interpret and present qualitative data and quantitative data.
4. Undertake a substantial research project (dissertation) of their choice, using the programme, understanding and skills acquired during the programme.

B. Intellectual Skills

1. The aquisition and retention, analysis, critical reflection, summary and dissemination of subject specific knowledge.
2. Practical transferrable skills, including note-taking, organisation, co-operation and team working, presentation and communication skills.

Course learning outcomes

An understanding of the core concepts and questions that define the discipline of IR.

An advanced knowledge of the key theoretical traditions of IR as an academic discipline.

An in-depth knowledge and understanding of a specialist area within the discipline.

The ability to present concise and cogently structured arguments, both orally and in writing.

The ability to carry out critical analysis on complex issues related to the discipline.

The ability to work together with others as well as independently, including to manage time effectively.

The ability to apply a range of skills in the retrieval and use of primary and secondary sources.

The ability to deploy a range of communication and information technology skills.

The ability to communicate effectively with others, and present information both orally and in writing.

The ability to undertake a substantial research project.

Full-time course composition

YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
1Autumn TermCoreFoundations of World Politics (941M1)307
  CoreInternational Relations Theory (903M1)307
 Spring Term2 of these optionsEast Asia and the International System (988M9)307
  Global Governance and Multinationality (958M1)307
  Global Politics of Disease and Biosecurity (954M1)307
  Human Rights in International Relations (825M9)307
  Irregular Warfare (959M1)307
  NGOs, Social Movements and Global Civil Society (986M9)307
  Peace Processes and Post-Conflict Reconstruction (996M9)307
  Political Economy of Global Finance (906M7)307
  Queer International Relations (963M1)307
  Religions, Cultures and Civilisations in International Relations (957M1)307
  The International Relations of the European Union (934M9)307
  The Middle East in Global Order (952M1)307
  The Political Economy of Development (944M1)307
  War in World Politics (826M9)307
 Summer TermCoreUndertaking Research in International Relations (925M1)157

Part-time course composition

YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
2Autumn TeachingCoreInternational Relations Theory (903M1)307
 Spring TeachingCoreResearch Methods and Professional Skills (IR) (006L2)157
  OptionEast Asia and the International System (988M9)307
  Global Politics of Disease and Biosecurity (954M1)307
  Human Rights in International Relations (825M9)307
  Irregular Warfare (959M1)307
  Peace Processes and Post-Conflict Reconstruction (996M9)307
  Political Economy of Global Finance (906M7)307
  Religions, Cultures and Civilisations in International Relations (957M1)307
  Rethinking Imperialism (950M1)307
  Terror, Security and the State in Global Politics (965M1)307
  The Middle East in Global Order (952M1)307
  The Political Economy of Development (944M1)307
  The Political Economy of International Security (968M1)307

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