This programme introduces students to different approaches to studying politics and international relations, which will then apply to a range of contemporary political issues and case studies. Topics covered include development, environmental politics, inequality, and the rise of populism. Students will also have the chance to develop their own research, and apply what they have learned on the course to a topic of their choosing under supervision of the teaching staff.
In the aftermath of the Cold War, a Western form of liberal democracy and the capitalist economic model appeared to be ascendant in world politics. Since then, a number of challenges have emerged that have undermined Western hegemony and America's status as the only global superpower. These include, but are not limited to: the rise of China, India and other nations as more significant geopolitical players; ideological concurrent undermining of the capabilities of the nation state; popular resistance to governments across the international political economy and development.
In this course we apply some of the main analytical tools of politics and international relations to these topics. We use these to make better sense of some of the main structures and forces at play in global politics, and to gain a deeper understanding of contemporary issues. We will also discuss changes in the academic disciplines of politics and international relations, espeically the move away from a predominantly Western, state-centred worldview towards one that takes into account a greater range of global perspectives. The topics we cover in the course are all related to challenges to this worldview, and will include:
- Global perspectives on social justice
- The challenge of addressing climate change
- Populism and other contentious forms of politics
- Extremism and debates around security
- International relations beyond the West
Please note that the programme plan is subject to change for BISS 2020.