International Relations Theory (903M1)

30 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Autumn teaching

This module introduces you to the major theories of international relations. We will investigate the historical context in which these theories emerged, which aspects of international affairs they focus on and how they explain international politics. We will tease out the strengths and weaknesses of these theories and identify their respective conceptions of international relations in theory and practice. The module provides a 'map' of international thought which enables you to identify your own and others positions and to reflect on your theoretical and political implications.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 33 hours of contact time and about 267 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: