INRL30330 Integration and Fragmentation in the Global System

Academic Year 2022/2023

International politics today features growing levels of trade and communication, various trans- and supranational actors, and in the partial homogenization of lifestyles and consumption patterns. Yet it has also witnessed the breakup of some multinational states, intensifying religious and ethnic conflicts, and a growth in what some depict as "civilizational clashes." This course seeks to gain a conceptual handle on these at first glance contradictory tendencies. After reviewing more established approaches in International Relations it turns to accounts of economic "globalization," models of "international society" and regional integration, cultural and "civilizational" paradigms, and the construction and dissemination of international norms.

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Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should:understand how different approaches to the global system diverge and complement each other;know how to evaluate different approaches with respect to their theoretical consistency and empirical applicability;Understand the difference between inductive and deductive theorizing;be able to relate explanations for particular empirical phenomena to the underlying theoretical assumptions that inform them.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning






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

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Integration, Fragmentation (INRL30050)

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Examination: Final examination 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Graded No


Essay: Essay Unspecified n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
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