The Local and the Global: IR in Practice (L2066)

15 credits, Level 4

Spring teaching

This module aims to encourage you to connect their everyday life in Brighton to wider currents in world politics and think about why it matters how we theorise international relations and international political economy. You will undertake research projects (in groups of approximately five) that focus on a Brighton-based empirical phenomenon or issue, and seek to understand the connections between that issue and world politics more generally. In the course of doing their projects, you will be introduced to theoretical debates in IR/IPE and to issues around research design, methodology and method, as well as philosophy of social science.

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 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 22 hours of contact time and about 128 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, there may be changes to this module in response to COVID-19, or due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.

It may not be possible to take some module combinations due to timetabling constraints. The structure of some courses means that the modules you choose first may determine whether later modules are core or optional.


This module is offered on the following courses: