University of Sussex Business School

Contemporary International Theory (L2015N)

Contemporary International Theory

Module L2015N

Module details for 2019/20.

15 credits

FHEQ Level 5

Module Outline

Contemporary International Theory (CIT) introduces you to the major theories that make up the discipline of IR. It addresses them in the order in which they appeared historically. And it is based upon a mixture of key original readings, explanatory texts, and examples of how they have been applied in real-world contexts. The module begins with the ‘mainstream’ approaches like Realism, Liberalism and Constructivism; but it then also examines Marxism and Critical Theory, as well as the multiple new radical approaches (like Post-structuralism, Feminism and Post-Colonialism) that have followed in their wake. Our survey ends by considering the condition of International Relations as a field today.

Module learning outcomes

Develop a critical understanding of the core approaches and main debates in International Theory.

Develop and apply knowledge of International Relations Theory to contemporary international contexts

Analyse and evaluate various concepts in International Relations Theory.

Essay (1500 words)Semester 1 Assessment Week 2 Mon 16:0070.00%
Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
EssayT1 Week 7 33.33%
TestT1 Week 10 (20 minutes)66.67%

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.


Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

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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


Mx Emilia Moscardini-Powers

Assess convenor

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