International Relations

University of Stirling

Course Description

  • Course Name

    International Relations

  • Host University

    University of Stirling

  • Location

    Stirling, Scotland

  • Area of Study

    International Relations

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • SCQF Credits

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

    This module explores contemporary issues and debates that shape world politics today. It starts by introducing International Relations (IR) theory before turning to two broad themes that dominate IR: conflict and peace. Key issues covered include nuclear weapons, private military companies, humanitarian intervention and failed states. We will also apply the themes of conflict and peace to a case study of the Northern Ireland conflict exploring the key political developments and the transition to a post conflict settlement. This module will also include a workshop that examines the use of wall murals to articulate conflict / post - conflict identity and a guest speaker who will talk about the challenges of post - conflict policing in Kosovo.

    Excursion(s):This module includes a day trip visit to Belfast where we will undertake a historical /political tour of the city taking in the wall murals and other key sites linked with the Northern Ireland conflict.
    Students taking this module will incur a small additional charge for the trip to Belfast.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Some courses may require additional fees.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations