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School of Politics and International Relations

POL106 Introduction to International Relations

POL106 Introduction to International Relations

Credits: 30
Semester: 1 and 2

Module Convenor: Dr Cristina Juverdeanu
Overlap: None
Prerequisite: None

Description: This module provides an introduction to the study of international relations. Specifically, we focus on four main themes that will allow you to grasp the complexities of the contemporary global order: capitalism, (post)colonialism, security, and development. You will also become acquainted with the analytical tools that are needed to think critically about international relations through these themes: a historical sensibility (i.e. how situations have elements of both continuity and change), an understanding of political economy (i.e. why the economy is political), an understanding of the security-development nexus (i.e. how the quest for security - freedom from fear -and development - freedom from want -are contentiously linked), and the importance of resistance and "situated knowledge" (i.e. your understanding of international relations might be different depending on where and how you are situated in the world). Empirically, we will explore the Cold War and the post-Cold War global orders - their similarities and differences.

Assessment: Item 1: 10% Individual Review Item 2: 30% Portfolio Item 3: 60% Research Essay
Level: 4

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