Introduction to International Relations

Kingston University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introduction to International Relations

  • Host University

    Kingston University

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study

    International Relations

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course Content:

    This module provides students with an introduction to foundational concepts in the
    study of international relations and significant issues in contemporary international
    politics through which these concepts can be understood and interpreted.

    The module is designed to help students to reconcile the more abstract concepts that
    frame the academic study of international relations, with the empirical issues they may
    more familiar with from news media and their day-to-day engagement with international

    Topics covered include:


    Topics covered include:
    ? What is International Relations?
    ? The Cold War 1945-1989
    ? The Post-Cold War World 1989-Present
    ? Anarchy and the state in international relations
    ? Co-operation, global governance and international organisations
    ? Ethics in international relations
    ? International law
    ? War and violence in international relations
    ? Imperialism, colonialism and hegemony
    ? Hidden voices in international relations
    ? Looking beyond the state: New forms of political community


    Topics covered include:
    ? Connecting concepts with the 'real world' of globalisation
    ? Security and Resilience
    ? Terrorism
    ? Nuclear weapons and proliferation
    ? Human Rights and the Responsibility to Protect
    ? Planning your Policy Report: Framing the problem, finding the evidence
    and making recommendations for non-specialists
    ? Aid and development
    ? The global economy
    ? The environment and climate change
    ? Moving people: Refugees and migration
    ? How do we change the world?

    Teaching: Lectures (2 hours per week), seminars (1 hour per week).

    Assessment: STUDY OPTION 1:
    ? Six seminar worksheets (30%)
    ? One 1000 word essay (30%)
    ? One 1500 word issue-based policy report (40%)
    STUDY OPTION 2: portfolio
    STUDY OPTION 3: portfolio

    Study Option 1 = Whole Year
    Study Option 2 = Autumn
    Study Option 3 = Spring/summer

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