Contemporary International Theory (L2015N)

15 credits, Level 5

Autumn teaching

This course examines the role this tradition plays in the development of contemporary international theory (post-1945) and the establishment of orthodoxy.

Major approaches and debates in the discipline will be examined and evaluated, and placed in the more general context of what is problematic about developing cumulative knowledge of social relations.

Varieties of realism, liberalism and the English school approach will be considered as well as more recent critical engagements coming from Marxism, feminism, constructivism, postmodernism and globalism. 


96%: Lecture
4%: Practical


30%: Coursework (Essay, Test)
70%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 150 hours of work. This breaks down into 20 hours of contact time and 130 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2019/20. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.