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School of Politics and International Relations

POL251 International Relations Theory

POL251 International Relations Theory (POL251A – Autumn, POL251B – Spring)

Credits: 30
Semester: 1 & 2
Timetable:

Seminar Semester 1: Weeks 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13: Monday 12 pm - 1 pm Semester 1: Weeks 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13: Monday 2 pm - 3 pm Semester 1: Weeks 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13: Monday 3 pm - 4 pm Semester 1: Weeks 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13: Monday 4 pm - 5 pm Semester 1: Weeks 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13: Tuesday 3 pm - 4 pm Semester 1: Weeks 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13: Tuesday 4 pm - 5 pm Semester 1: Weeks 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13: Thursday 10 am - 11 am Semester 1: Weeks 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13: Thursday 11 am - 12 pm Semester 1: Weeks 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13: Thursday 1 pm - 2 pm Semester 1: Weeks 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13: Thursday 3 pm - 4 pm Semester 1: Weeks 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13: Thursday 4 pm - 5 pm Semester 1: Weeks 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13: Friday 11 am - 12 pm Semester 1: Weeks 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13: Friday 12 pm - 1 pm Semester 1: Weeks 5: Friday 3 pm - 4 pm Semester 1: Weeks 5: Friday 4 pm - 5 pm Semester 2: Weeks 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13: Monday 12 pm - 1 pm Semester 2: Weeks 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13: Monday 2 pm - 3 pm Semester 2: Weeks 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13: Tuesday 1 pm - 2 pm Semester 2: Weeks 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13: Tuesday 3 pm - 4 pm Semester 2: Weeks 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13: Tuesday 4 pm - 5 pm Semester 2: Weeks 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13: Thursday 10 am - 11 am Semester 2: Weeks 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13: Thursday 11 am - 12 pm Semester 2: Weeks 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13: Thursday 1 pm - 2 pm Semester 2: Weeks 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13: Thursday 3 pm - 4 pm

Module Convenor: Dr Jean-Fran├žois Drolet
Overlap: None
Prerequisite: None

This is the core second-year module for International Relations students. Through deep, careful and critical engagement with primary texts, it introduces students to key thinkers in and the main currents of International Relations theory: liberalism; realism; the English School; constructivism; Marxism; post-structuralism; post-colonialism; and feminism. The module covers the most fundamental questions in international politics: why do war and suffering persist? Can we hope for a better future? If so, how can we get there? If not, what should we do instead?

Connected course(s): Compulsory for: L250, L25Y, L240, L24Y
Assessment: Item 1: 20% Critical Review (1000 words) Item 2: 30% Essay (2000 words) Item 3: 50% Research Essay (3000 words)
Level: 5

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