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Department of Politics and International Studies

International politics

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The aim of this course is to provide politics students with a general introduction to the theory and practice of contemporary international politics. The focus is primarily on a set of basic concepts, institutions and practices constitutive of international politics – sovereignty, states, war and so on – as well as the major theoretical traditions through which scholars have sought to make sense of international politics and the ways in which these provide us with different accounts of the world. A core theme of the course concerns the Anglo-American character of International Relations and the consequences for its capacity to make sense of a postcolonial world.

This course OR Comparative Political Sociology of Asia and Africa is a compulsory requirement for those seeking to take Nationalism, Ethnicity and State in Asia and Africa in 2008/2009.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

At the end of the course students should have:

  • Familiarity with the problematic of international politics and relations
  • Familiarity with the main approaches in the field, illustrated with recent and current international developments

Method of assessment

Assessment is 30% coursework and 70% unseen examination. Coursework is resubmissable.