Second year module
Lecturers: Dr George Kyris and Dr Sotirios Zartaloudis
This module deepens students' understanding of International Relations Theory, and introduces them to the discipline's current theoretical debates. It includes a critical appraisal of traditional International Relations theories, an overview of the current theoretical debate in the discipline, an in-depth discussion of some of central problems and themes in this debate, and a reflection on the consequences of this debate for specific study areas, such as Foreign Policy Analysis or Security Studies.
At the end of the module the student should be able to:
Discuss and appraise the main theories of International Relations, and select a theoretical position to do so.
Differentiate between various critical and constructivist approaches to the analysis of international politics, and asses their relevance.
Analyse a particular problem of internal politics in a theoretically consistent manner.
Term Two: 1 essay x 2,000 word assessed work (50%)
Term Three: 2 hour examination (50%)
Note: If you wish to take POLS 330 Critical Approaches to Security in your final year there is a pre-requisite of either POLS 218 International Security or POLS 214 International Relations Theory.