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School of Politics and International Relations

POLM024 Contemporary World Politics

Credits: 30 credits

Semester: Semester A

Timetable: Monday 11:00-12:00 & Tuesdays 10:00-11:00 & 11:00-12:00 & 12:00-1:00

Contact: Dr Andreas Papamichail

Availability: Compulsory module for MA & MRes International Relations students


The module is designed to give students a good command and understanding of key concepts and theoretical traditions in International Relations and their relevance for understanding contemporary themes in world politics.

The module seeks to provide students with a more nuanced understanding of the various social forces and processes shaping world politics including the co-constitutive relationship between the theory and practice of international relations. The module also aims at developing the students' capacity to reflect critically about the main claims, strengths and weaknesses of theories in international relations.


  • Item 1: 40% Essay 1 (2000 words)
  • Item 2: 60% Research Essay (3000 words)
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