POL40050 Theories of International Relations

Academic Year 2023/2024

This course will familiarize students with some of the most important theories in the contemporary study of International Relations. The approaches examined include Neorealism, Constructivism, Democratic Peace Theory, as well as civilizational, norm-centred, anthropological and social-psychological paradigms. We will apply these approaches to a variety of substantive issues in international politics. They include inter-state conflict and cooperation, cultural and religious diversity, transnational interaction, regional integration, terrorism, “globalization,” and the future of the state and the states system.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should have a solid grasp of the main contemporary debates in the academic discipline of International Relations and be able to engage with the relevant scholarly literature.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Seminar (or Webinar)


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
This module is delivered by way of face-to-face lectures which students must attend. Students are asked to complete the required readings before each lecture and to participate in in-class debates and discussions. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Continuous Assessment: In-class participation Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Essay: Essay I: 5000 words Unspecified n/a Graded No


Essay: Essay II: 5000 words Unspecified n/a Graded No



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

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Students are asked to see the lecturer individually to discuss their essays before submitting them. They will receive individual feedback on their essays.