Palestine and the International (019IRA)

30 credits, Level 6

Autumn teaching

The question of Palestine sits at the intersection of two main axes of international politics: the colonial foundations of the world order and global histories of solidarity between peoples and movements that have also shaped the present. In this module we explore these histories and struggles through the lens of Palestine.

You will:

  • be introduced to the way that anticolonial thinkers and scholars locate Palestine within histories of colonial settlement that extend back to the Americas
  • reconceptualise systems of global power and violence across these geographies
  • learn about how anticolonialism is woven within international politics, past and present theories and practices of internationalism(s), global solidarity, and ongoing attempts to fashion an alternative international order

You will explore a range of theoretical perspectives including:

  • decolonial and postcolonial approaches
  • Indigenous studies
  • settler colonial studies
  • Palestine studies
  • necropolitics
  • the Black radical tradition
  • transnational feminism
  • Queer theory.


100%: Seminar


30%: Coursework (Essay, Group presentation)
70%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 30 hours of contact time and about 270 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.


This module is offered on the following courses: