Religions, Cultures and Civilisations in International Relations (957M1)

30 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Spring teaching

On this module, you will will explore the implications of the ‘return’ of religions, cultures and civilisations for world politics and for thinking about international relations. Many sociologists and philosophers have interpreted this return as ‘the end of modernity’ or the ‘de-secularisation of the world’.

You will focus on the renewed centrality of cultural, religious and civilisational identities as strategic frames of reference for politics in the post-Cold War world.


100%: Seminar


100%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 24 hours of contact time and about 276 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.