International Relations Theory

Second year module

Lecturer: Jill Steans

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.

Learning outcomes

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.

Assessment

  • 3hour exam 50%
  • 3000 word essay 50%