International Relations Theory

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

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.

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.


  • Term Two: 1 essay x 2,000 word assessed work (50%)
  • Term Three: 2 hour examination (50%)

Related courses:

The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. Unless indicated otherwise, the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2018. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to compulsory modules; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.