International relations

Marxism and International Relations

Module code: M1530A
Level 6
30 credits in autumn semester
Teaching method: Seminar
Assessment modes: Essay, Coursework

You'll engage systematically with the Marxist tradition of theorising about international relations.

You'll learn about Marx's own thought, using selections from primary texts, and examine 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
  • globalisation theory.

Module learning outcomes

  • Develop a systematic and critical understanding of the nature and scope of Marxism as an intellectual tradition.
  • Develop a detailed conceptual understanding of the ways that Marxism has been applied to International Relations.
  • Effectively synthesise and communicate the practical and theoretical uncertainties, ambiguities and limits of an aspect of Marxism as it relates to International Relations.