University of Sussex Business School

Marxism and IR (M1530A)

Marxism and International Relations

Module M1530A

Module details for 2019/20.

30 credits

FHEQ Level 6

Module Outline

Prof Justin Rosenberg

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This module enables you to engage systematically with the Marxist tradition of theorising about international relations. It provides an introduction to Marx's own thought, using selections from primary texts, and then examines 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 and globalisation theory.

This module is assessed by Assessed by a 70% 3.5K essay, 20% 1k Essay, 10% 20 minute Group presentation. We meet each week for a three hour seminar combining mini-lectures, group work, analytical exercises and open discussion.

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.

Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
Group PresentationT1 Week 11 (20 minutes)33.33%
EssayT1 Week 7 66.67%
Essay (3500 words)Semester 1 Assessment Week 1 Thu 16:0070.00%

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 SemesterSeminar3 hours11111111111

How to read the week pattern

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

Dr Earl Gammon

Assess convenor

Prof Justin Rosenberg


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