School of Global Studies

Marxism and IR (M1530A)

Marxism and International Relations

Module M1530A

Module details for 2011/12.

30 credits

FHEQ Level 6

Module Outline

This module enables you to engage systematically with the Marxist tradition of theorising about international relations. It provides an introduction to Marx's own thought, using selections from primary texts, and then examines how later Marxist writers have applied and developed these ideas across a range of themes in international studies, including imperialism, the Cold War, international political economy and globalisation theory.

Module learning outcomes

A basic but rigorous understanding of the nature and scope of Marxism as an intellectual tradition.

Knowledge of the principal ways in which it has been applied to International Relations.

Skills of close textual reading, together with an appreciation of the strengths and weaknesses of a systematic social theory.

The ability to conceive and produce a substantial work of analysis and argument, presented in accordance with professional scholarly standards.

Compose a research design that can steer a substantial intellectual analysis of a given research topic.

Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
Research PlanT1 Week 8 100.00%
Long Term Paper (6000 words)Semester 1 Assessment Week 1 Thu 16:0090.00%

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 SemesterSeminar3 hours111110111111

How to read the week pattern

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

Dr Matthew Ford

Assess convenor

Mr Kit Eves

Assess convenor

Prof Justin Rosenberg


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