International relations

Classical Thinkers and Current Events

Module code: L2014N
Level 4
15 credits in spring semester
Teaching method: Lecture
Assessment modes: Coursework

This module introduces you to classical political theorists from around the world. You will study Confucius, Hobbes, Kautilya, Vitoria, Ibn Khaldun, Marx and others. Through these authors, you explore a rich variety of international politics concepts. You will also explore how their work can be used to justify or criticise policies in international affairs. 

Topics covered include:

  • terror and just war
  • the rise of China
  • Black Lives Matter
  • Brexit
  • humanitarian intervention
  • the clash of civilizations.

Module learning outcomes

  • Develop an overview of the theoretical foundations of the IR discipline
  • Acquire an understanding of the intellectual problems associated with the analysis and interpretation of primary texts
  • Engage with the problems of evaluating the contemporary relevance of historical texts
  • Develop further the intellectual, practical and transferable skills encouraged by the mode of teaching