University of Sussex Business School

Classical Political Theory & Inter. Rela (L2014N)

Classical Political Theory & International Relations

Module L2014N

Module details for 2019/20.

15 credits

FHEQ Level 4

Module Outline

This course will introduce you to the primary texts of authors such as Hobbes, Kant, Machiavelli, Marx, Mill, Thucydides, Vitoria and others who are commonly cited as precursors of contemporary international thought. It asks what relevance these authors have had for the establishment of International Relations as a discipline, and how far they can be used to analyse contemporary international politics. Finally, the course demonstrates how classical authors can also be read to provide a radical critique of contemporary international thought and practice.

Module learning outcomes

Develop an overview of the theoretical foundations of the IR discipline

Acquire an understanding of the intellectual problems associated with the analysis and interpretation of primary texts

Engage with the problems of evaluating the contemporary relevance of historical texts

Develop further the intellectual, practical and transferable skills encouraged by the mode of teaching

Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
EssayT2 Week 11 100.00%

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
Spring SemesterLecture2 hours11111111111

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

Mx Emilia Moscardini-Powers

Assess convenor

Prof Beate Jahn


Dr Earl Gammon

Assess convenor

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