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  • Objectives
    To ensure that students have a thorough grounding in the history of International Relations and its main schools of thought; To introduce students to the most advanced debates in the discipline of International Relations; To teach students the importance of testing hypotheses derived from International Relations theory empirically; To introduce students to a range of issues currently important in international politics, to familiarise them with the academic arguments about these issues and to make them aware of policy choices and their implications. To develop a capacity for independent study and research in the area of international relations.
  • Entry requirements
    Entry Qualifications BA degree of Upper Second class standard or above. For students whose native language is not English, the usual minimum language entry requirement is either an IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL iBT 88; Cambridge Proficiency of English C or above.
  • Academic Title
    MA International Relations
  • Course description

    Course Description
    MA International Relations is a wide-ranging and comprehensive degree that opens the way for rigorous research into international conflict and cooperation, as well as international political economy.

    Modules and Options

    The lists of modules below represent the range of options available for each year of study. This may not be a complete list of the options you will study, and may be subject to change, so please contact the department for further details.

    Stage 1

        BRITISH POLITICAL PARTIES
        COMPARATIVE POLITICS OF CENTRAL EUROPE
        COMPARATIVE POLITICS OF HUMAN RIGHTS
        CONTEMPORARY POLITICAL THEORY
        CONTEMPORARY THEORIES OF JUSTICE
        Core: DISSERTATION - MA SCHEMES
        Core: POLITICAL EXPLANATION
        Core: THEORIES OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
        DEMOCRACY BEYOND THE NATION STATE? THE CASE OF EUROPE
        DEMOCRACY, CITIZENSHIP AND CONSTITUTIONS
        ECONOMETRIC METHODS AND APPLICATIONS
        EUROPEAN INTEGRATION
        EUROPEAN POLITICS
        GLOBAL AND COMPARATIVE POLITICS
        GLOBALISATION AND WORLD POLITICS: APPROACHES, ORIGINS, TRENDS
        HUMAN RIGHTS AND POLITICAL THEORY
        HUMAN RIGHTS IN POST-COMMUNIST DEMOCRACIES
        IDEOLOGY AND POLITICAL DISCOURSE
        INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLITICS
        INTERNATIONAL SECURITY STUDIES
        PANEL DATA METHODS
        POLITICAL BEHAVIOUR
        POLITICAL PRINCIPLES, HUMAN RIGHTS AND PUBLIC POLICY
        POLITICAL THEORY
        POLITICS IN THE DEVELOPING WORLD
        RATIONAL CHOICE THEORIES OF POLITICS
        RESEARCH SEMINAR IN POLITICAL THEORY AND METHODS
        RULE AND RESISTANCE: POLITICAL THEMES IN LITERATURE AND FILM
        THE ANALYSIS OF PUBLIC OPINION

    Teaching and Assessment Methods
     
    A: Knowledge and Understanding
        Learning Outcomes
        A1 : Advanced knowledge of different modes of explanation and theoretical perspectives in international relations or related fields at an appropriate level.
        A2 : Understanding the main political science methods for using quantitative and qualitative evidence to support arguments.
        A3 : Critical awareness of the use of concepts and arguments in political science.
        A4 : Knowledge of the main research findings, and main developments and debates in one or more sub-fields of international relations or related fields.

        Teaching Methods
        A1-5 Lectures, participation in and presentations to seminars and classes, writing essays and dissertation, oral and written feedback on essays.

        A1 specifically in GV902 Theories of International Relations and the optional modules.

        A2 specifically in GV900 Political Explanation, GV902 and option.

        A3 specifically in GV902, GV958 and in supervision of individual dissertations.

        A4 specifically in GV902 and options chosen in consultation with Scheme Director.

        Assessment Methods
        Taught modules assessed 50/50 by continuous assessment through written assignments and essays, and three-hour closed examinations at end of the modules.

    B: Intellectual/Cognitive Skills
        Learning Outcomes
        B1 : To question received thinking.
        B2 : To develop independent thinking.
        B3 : To muster evidence.
        B4 : To evaluate and analyse evidence.
        B5 : To reason critically.
        B6 : To argue coherently and concisely.
        B7 : To communicate ideas effectively in writing.
        B8 : To carry out independent research.

        Teaching Methods
        B1-7. Participation in and presentations to seminars and classes, individual guidance on researching and writing essays, oral and written feedback on essays, individual interviews and group sessions with Study Skills Officer

        B4 especially in GV900 Political Explanation.

        B8 especially in supervised dissertation.

        Assessment Methods
        B1-7. Written assignments and essays, written examinations

        B8. The dissertation.

    C: Practical Skills
        Learning Outcomes
        C1 : Organize and structure an extended argument.
        C2 : Use concepts correctly.
        C3 : Compile systematic bibliographies.
        C4 : Provide references according to accepted conventions.
        C5 : Use libraries and IT to access information and scholarly resources.
        C6 : Sift and synthesize complex information.

        Teaching Methods
        C1-6. Participation in and presentations to seminars and classes, individual guidance for essays, individual supervision of dissertations, oral and written feedback on class presentations and essays.

        C5 specifically in induction sessions for library use.

        Assessment Methods
        C1-6. Written assignments and essays, closed examinations, supervised dissertation.

        C1 especially in dissertation.

        C3-6 specifically in essays and dissertation.

        C2 essays, examinations, and dissertation.

    D: Key Skills
        Learning Outcomes
        D1 : Clear, focused, relevant and effective expression and communication.
        D2 : Access and organise information from a variety of electronic sources.
        D3 : Understand the use of quantitative evidence.
        D4 : To manage projects and timetables. To find, understand and organise information. To work with ideas.
        D5 : Advanced knowledge of different modes of explanation and theoretical perspectives in political economy or related fields at an appropriate level.
        D6 : Positive response to feedback and criticism.

        Teaching Methods
        D1-5. Participation in and presentations to seminars and classes, written assignments and essays, dissertation.

        D3 specifically in GV900 Political Explanation, GV902 and the option.

        D4 specifically in scheduling and balancing requirements for four courses taught in parallel.

        D6 specifically in individual guidance on essays, oral and written feedback on essays.

        Assessment Methods
        D1-4. Written assignments and essays, examinations, dissertation

        D6 classroom presentations, written assignments and essays

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