1 x 3-hour seminar weekly
Assignment, Class Participation, Class Presentation
Topic description

This topic examines the key theoretical debates within International Relations and applies them to contemporary and historical issues within global politics. The topic will range acress theoretical paradigms in the discipline, and focus these on specific issues, contemporary and historical, within the field of International Relations. The topic will serve to integrate the learning experience at the Masters level, serving as the intellectual, educational and social hub for the Masters year.

Educational aims

This topic aims to:

  • Provide an account of the key theoretical paradigms in the study of International Relations
  • Apply these paradigms to contemporary and historical events within global politics
  • Ensure students are familiar with and competent in the main discourses of the discipline
  • Ensure students have the practical analystical skills to engage with the contemporary world of global politics
  • Foster intellectual curiosity and achievement at the highest level
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Demonstrate competency with respect to key theoretical debates
  2. Apply theoretical paradigms to events in global politics
  3. Apply advanced analytical skills
  4. Demonstrate high level written and oral communication skills

Key dates and timetable

(1), (2)

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