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

15 credits, Level 4

Spring teaching

This module aims to encourage you to:

  • connect your everyday life in Brighton to wider currents in world politics
  • think about why it matters how we theorise international relations and international political economy.

You will undertake a research project (in a group of approximately five) that focuses on a Brighton-based empirical phenomenon or issue. You’ll seek to understand the connections between that issue and world politics more generally. In the course of doing your project, 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.


50%: Lecture
50%: Seminar


100%: Practical (Portfolio)

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.

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 2023/24. 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.


This module is offered on the following courses: