States, Security and International Relations
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- 31 Jul 2023
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Understand the main security issues in international relations and the global historical context in which they have developed.
Identify the conceptual building blocks of international relations and use them to analyse global challenges and obligations relating to security.
Recognise the diversity of perspectives on security across the globe and policy implications for traditional security issues that centre on inter-state relations and violent conflict.
Examine the new global challenges of security posed by complex interdependence.
- • Evolution of International Relations and the modern states system.
- • What is international security and the IR theory family tree.
- • States and competition.
- • Institutions and cooperation.
- • International Relations as a social construct.
- • International Relations driven by exploitation.
- • Global IR.
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This first-year subject is designed to introduce you to the main actors, concepts, institutions and debates of contemporary international relations. It will give you the basic tool-kit to develop your knowledge and understanding of the central security challenges we face in contemporary international relations. Our aim is to give you the theoretical understanding, the skills and the inclination to dig beyond superficial media representations and develop a deeper and more nuanced understanding of of these issues. In POL1SNS we explore the historical context of international relations and the conceptual building blocks that underpin the international system, including key ideas like sovereignty and the nation-state. We examine both contemporary security issues and new challenges associated with human and environmental security. Through our journey in POL1SNS, students will develop a deep appreciation of how we live in an interconnected world, being able to recognize the global context of political issues, and act across cultures and boundaries in international relations.
- Online quizzes (6 x 5% each, 6 x 200 word count equivalence) (30%)
- Essay plan (600 words) (20%)
- Research essay (2,000 words) (50%)
Current study term: 30 Jul 23 to 27 Oct 23
Textbook information is pending.