Subject details

  • Topics
    • An introduction to the study of Global Politics
    • Historical Context: Political Systems in World History
    • Historical Context: International Relations in the Twentieth Century
    • Theories of International Relations
    • Security and Insecurity in Global Politics
    • The Global Governance Challenge
    • Essay Writing and Research Skills
    • International Political Economy
    • Religion, culture and Global Politics
    • Great Power Competition
    • Globalisation and Study of World Politics
    • Agency in World Politics: what can we do to change the world?
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Standard Media
    • Online Materials
      • Resources and Links

At the completion of this subject students will be able to:

  1. develop the capacity for critical analysis
  2. develop and apply research skills that enable students to provide evidence to support their arguments
  3. develop the skill to write cogently and to structure arguments in a logical order
  4. encourage students to become engaged with the key issues and challenges that are currently facing the world
  5. encourage students to see themselves as agents of positive change
  6. understand and explain the key concepts, theories, methods, and issues relevant to the study of International Relations at an introductory level
  7. identify and understand the defining debates in the field of Global Politics.
  • Assignment 1 - Draft Essay plan (10%)
  • Assignment 2 - Essay (40%)
  • Assignment 3 - Non-Invigilated Exam (30%)
  • Assignment 4 - Participation (10%)
  • Assignment 5 - Quiz 1 (10%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

Entry Requirements

Equivalent Subjects

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • MAQ-PLT120

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject was previously known as PLT120 Introduction to Global Politics.

Global politics is often dramatic and contentious covering big picture dilemmas such as what are the causes of war and peace? How do we find solutions to shared global problems like climate change and preventing the spread of nuclear weapons? How do we make sense of persistent poverty and underdevelopment in some parts of the world but not others? Whose political ideas matter most and why? Finally, what have been the implications of globalisation for world politics? This subject equips students with the tools to understand the forces that shape the world we live in by introducing them to the key issues, institutions, ideas and actors involved in global politics. The first section of the subject outlines the historical context, key theories and concepts, and fundamental institutions of contemporary global politics. The second section covers important contemporary issues including security challenges, climate change, nuclear proliferation, terrorism, global inequality, the role of culture, religion and identity in global politics, great power rivalry, and globalisation. The subject gives students the foundations necessary for undertaking a major in International Relations or Politics.

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