INRL20040 Theories and Concepts in International Relations

Academic Year 2021/2022

This course explores the main theoretical strands in the contemporary study of international relations. Students are introduced to several key approaches in the study of international relations, including realism, neorealism, Marxism, liberalism and interdependence theory and democratic peace theory, and to the central empirical questions these seek to address: Are states the only significant actors in world politics? Is the international system constituted in a way that makes war sometimes inevitable? Is the international conduct of many states guided more by economic objectives than by the quest for military security? Are democracies set never to go to war against one another? Is war partially rooted in human psychology? What are the political consequences of growing social and economic interaction between states and societies? What is the role and relevance of international institutions?

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Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should:grasp the major contemporary theoretical approaches to international relations; know how to evaluate different approaches with respect to their theoretical consistency and empirical applicability;be able to identify different levels of analysis in international relations; be familiar with key empirical issues in international relations.

Indicative Module Content:

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning

95

Lectures

20

Tutorial

7

Total

122

Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
This module consists of lectures and tutorials which students are required to attend. Students should complete the relevant readings prior to each lecture. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

Students intending to take this course should already have successfully completed Level one modules in Politics including INRL10040 - Introduction to International Politics or INRL10010 - Foundation of Political Theory and IR.

Other courses may be substituted but only with permission.
In this case, a request should be sent to the module coordinator with (a) a list of relevant courses already taken and (b) GPA to date.

Learning Recommendations:

Students intending to take other courses in International Relations at Levels 2 or 3 should take this course.


Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Equivalents:
International Relations (POL20040)


 
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Continuous Assessment: Continuous through tutorials Unspecified n/a Graded No

40

Examination: Final 2 hour exam 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Graded No

60


Carry forward of passed components
No
 
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Self-assessment activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Two in-class exercises allow students to ascertain their knowledge of the module content throughout the term. Students will also receive feedback on their tutorial essays.

Name Role
Simon Albers Tutor
Dave Banks Tutor
Leticia Barbabela Tutor
Mr Shaun Grant Tutor
Dana Guy Tutor
Taylor Ikemiya Tutor
Marianna Lovato Tutor
Mr James Mac Carthy Morrogh Tutor
Letícia Meniconi Barbabela Tutor
Radek Vana Tutor
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
 
Autumn
     
Lecture Offering 3 Week(s) - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Thurs 12:00 - 12:50
Lecture Offering 3 Week(s) - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Tues 11:00 - 11:50
Tutorial Offering 1 Week(s) - 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11 Tues 15:00 - 15:50
Tutorial Offering 2 Week(s) - 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11 Mon 11:00 - 11:50
Tutorial Offering 3 Week(s) - 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11 Mon 12:00 - 12:50
Tutorial Offering 4 Week(s) - 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11 Mon 14:00 - 14:50
Tutorial Offering 5 Week(s) - 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11 Tues 10:00 - 10:50
Tutorial Offering 6 Week(s) - 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11 Tues 12:00 - 12:50
Tutorial Offering 7 Week(s) - 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11 Wed 10:00 - 10:50
Tutorial Offering 9 Week(s) - 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11 Tues 14:00 - 14:50
Tutorial Offering 10 Week(s) - 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11 Wed 11:00 - 11:50
Tutorial Offering 11 Week(s) - 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11 Wed 12:00 - 12:50
Tutorial Offering 12 Week(s) - 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11 Wed 14:00 - 14:50
Tutorial Offering 13 Week(s) - 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11 Thurs 11:00 - 11:50
Tutorial Offering 14 Week(s) - 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11 Thurs 10:00 - 10:50
Tutorial Offering 15 Week(s) - 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11 Thurs 13:00 - 13:50
Tutorial Offering 16 Week(s) - 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11 Thurs 14:00 - 14:50
Tutorial Offering 18 Week(s) - 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11 Mon 15:00 - 15:50
Tutorial Offering 20 Week(s) - 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11 Tues 13:00 - 13:50
Tutorial Offering 21 Week(s) - 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11 Wed 15:00 - 15:50
Tutorial Offering 22 Week(s) - 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11 Mon 10:00 - 10:50
Autumn