International Relations Theory

School: School of Government
Department of Political Science and International Studies
Modular Value: 20 credits   

Duration: Term long, semester 1


This module provides you with an overview of International Relations Theory, as well as with the knowledge to understand and address key approaches, issues and debates. The first part focuses on the critical introduction of theoretical approaches to prepare you for the critical reading of particular examples of theoretical work in International Relations.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, you should be able to:

  • Understand, summarise and discuss the current approaches to the analysis of international politic
  • Evaluate these approaches with regards to the methodologies they employ and their usefulness for the analysis of particular problems of international politics
  • Analyse a particular problem of international politics from the perspective of one or more of these approaches


  • 1 x 1000 word essay (25%)
  • 1 x 2,500 word essay (75%)