Teaching Methods/Mode of Delivery
Teaching on the unit consists of online 'flipped' lectures and a 5 day intensive on-campus session. Students must also be prepared to discuss issues during the seminars based on the recommended readings and the lectures
Prerequisites and Preparation
Students taking this unit inevitably come from a wide range of academic backgrounds. Some students will already have been introduced to the study of IR, and IR theory, at undergraduate level. For others, this unit will be their first experience of the subject, or of the more general field of political studies, of which IR is a part. For those with little or no previous background in the study of politics and IR, it is essential that you do some extra reading and preparation for the unit. Even if you have done some politics and IR before, you will benefit from some revision.
Textbooks and Sources: Students make an enormous financial investment in studying for a Master’s degree. Don’t compromise by not investing in the core texts for any unit and relying solely on the library. You are strongly advised to acquire your own copies of the core texts so that you have ready access to them when you need them. You will find that these texts are useful for other units as well. The core texts for IRPG841 are:
Stephanie Lawson, Theories of International Relations: Contending approaches to world politics (Polity, 2015) is now available to be purchased at the co-op book store. Most of the readings for each week’s topic will come from this document. The rest of the required readings will be available online
Another text worth purchasing is: Stephanie Lawson, International Relations, (Polity, 2012). This book introduces students to the general field of IR, explains the emergence of IR theories in an historic context, and examines three major contexts for the application of theoretical concepts, namely: security and insecurity, global governance and world order, and globalization and the state.