School of Global Studies

Introduction to International Relations (L2008)

Introduction to International Relations

Module L2008

Module details for 2011/12.

12 credits

FHEQ Level 4

Module Outline

This course introduces students to the academic study of international relations. The course outlines the specific characteristics of International Relations (IR) as a distinct scholarly discipline, separate from other disciplines such as politics or sociology. The course considers what has defined IR as a distinct academic discipline and what constitutes its core conceptual and methodological coordinates at the present time. The course approaches these questions through a consideration of the historical development of IR through a series of conceptual and methodological debates. Classically these debates are conceived of as tracing a path from idealism via realism to a pluralist methodological position. Understanding these debates, the circumstances that have given rise to them, and the methods they have generated will give students a good orientation in the disciplinary terrain of IR that will help them in contextualizing the ideas they will encounter in the International Theory courses in Year 2.

Learning Outcomes

1. Understand the reasons for IR as a separate social science.
2. Understand the historical development of the IR as a discipline.
3. Develop an initial understanding of the main IR paradigms .
4. Understand the relationship between theory and practise in IR.

Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
EssayAutumn Week 10 100.00%

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.


Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

TermMethodDurationWeek pattern
Autumn TermLecture1 hour111111111100
Autumn TermSeminar1 hour111111111100

How to read the week pattern

The numbers indicate the weeks of the term and how many events take place each week.

Mr Kit Eves

Assess convenor

Mr Zdenek Kavan

Assess convenor

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