Geopolitics and Grand Strategy (915M1)

30 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Autumn teaching

This module is designed to provide you with an overview on the changing nature of contemporary geopolitics, great power foreign policy strategies and world order in the context of globalisation and against the background of the major historical and epoch-making shifts of longue dure - economic and civilisational - which are challenging the western-centric nature of modern international society. The first part of the module will present the contemporary debate on world order and explore the current revival of geopolitical thinking as well as a number of approaches to the analysis of the contemporary international system with a particular attention to the issues of multi-polarity, regionalisation and non-western perspectives; the second part will focuse on the grand strategies and foreign policy practices developed by the major powers of the international system; the final part of the module will cover some of the key regional dynamics of contemporary geopolitics, including the Middle East, the transatlantic relationships, the international security in South and East Asia as well as in the Post-Soviet world.


100%: Seminar


20%: Coursework (Report)
80%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 300 hours of work. This breaks down into 24 hours of contact time and 276 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2018/19. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: