Fear, Cooperation and Trust in World Politics

School: School of Government and Society
Department: 
Department of Political Science and International Studies

Modular value: 20 credits
Teaching: Two hour seminars

Lecturer: Professor Nicholas Wheeler

Above: Professor Wheeler introduces the Fear, Cooperation and Trust in World Politics module

In this cutting-edge module, our students develop an informed appreciation of how fear, cooperation and trust shape the contours of world politics. The module explores the obstacles to building cooperation and trust, using a series of case studies. It also investigates whether these obstacles can be overcome through institutions, norms, and personal diplomacy between leaders. A key focus of the module is to introduce students to trust-building strategies and techniques, including the potential for face-to-face diplomacy to build trust and transform conflicts. The module is taught through interactive role-play scenarios in which students take on the role of policy advisors and diplomats in crisis and multilateral negotiation situations (for example, the Cuban Missile Crisis, US-China relations, nuclear non-proliferation, and global climate change).

Teaching and learning approach

The module will be delivered in 2 hour sessions using a range of teaching and learning methods, including interactive lectures, group discussions, case studies and breakout sessions.

Assessment

The assessment for the module will consist of:

  • One 3,000 word essay (80%),
  • One Presentation (20%)

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The optional modules listed on the website for this programme may unfortunately occasionally be subject to change. As you will appreciate key members of staff may leave the University and this necessitates a review of the modules that are offered. Where the module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.