International relations

The International System Today: Powers and Regions

Module code: L2009
Level 4
15 credits in autumn teaching
Teaching method: Workshop
Assessment modes: Essay

This module introduces two dimensions of the international system: its regions and its institutions. The module explores how each of the major regions was incorporated into the international system; how its role in the system has changed over time; and which debates are associated with that region in particular. This first part of the module will be followed by a critical discussion of the limits and possibilities of a regional and comparative approach to international relations. The second part of the module will explore international institutions. It will establish the formal purpose/goal of each of these institutions; the way it works and the conflicts it generates; as well as the major intellectual debates it triggers. This will culminate in a critical discussion of the role of institutions in world politics in general.

Module learning outcomes

  • Develop a deep understanding of the impacts of regions and institutions on comptemporary international relations