Joint-honours information for 2016 entry

Geopolitics and International Affairs

Module 915M1

Module details for 2016/17.

30 credits

FHEQ Level 7 (Masters)

Module Outline

Geopolitics and Grand Strategy is designed to provide students 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 course 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 course 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.

Module learning outcomes

Understand the different approaches to geopolitics and analysis of the international system

Comprehend the grand strategies and foreign policy practices of the major powers of the international system

Understand some of the key regional dynamics of contemporary geopolitics

Formulate academically informed opinions about contemporary geopolitics

Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
ReportT1 Week 7 100.00%
Essay (4000 words)Semester 1 Assessment Week 2 Mon 16:0080.00%

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 SemesterWorkshop3 hours11111111111

How to read the week pattern

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

Dr Fabio Petito

Assess convenor, Convenor

Miss Emilia Roycroft

Assess convenor

Mrs Daniella Kiernan

Assess convenor

Dr Paul Kirby

Assess convenor

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