International Politics

Module code: 822M9
Level 7 (Masters)
30 credits in autumn semester
Teaching method: Lecture, Seminar
Assessment modes: Essay

You are provided with an advanced knowledge of key approaches and issues in international politics.

The module is particularly focused on the interplay between politics at the domestic, regional and international levels.

You develop analytical skills to investigate the interaction between these different realms of politics across countries and regions. 

The module is taught by a one-hour lecture and a two-hour seminar per week. The module is organised in three blocks.

  • the first block will take a comparative perspective on the politics of different world regions and on regional integration in world politics
  • the second set of sessions will introduce the main approaches to the comparative analysis of foreign policy with a special emphasis on what are sometimes termed the rising powers
  • the third block will discuss theories and concepts in international politics and explore their contribution to analysing contemporary issues in the field. Like in the first two blocks, a special focus will be put on understanding the interaction across different levels of politics.

The aim of the module is to prepare you for the specialist options you take in the Spring Term, and for the research you do for your dissertation.

Module learning outcomes

  • assess and critically evaluate the interplay between the domestic, regional and international realms of politics.
  • use a variety of theoretical concepts and analytical tools to critically compare and contrast the politics of different countries and world regions, in particular the rising powers.
  • discuss and critically apply key approaches in international politics, foreign policy and regional integration.
  • critically appraise contemporary issues in international politics, foreign policy and regional integration.
  • demonstrate the analytical skills required to carry out a postgraduate research project in international politics.