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Introduction to International Relations I: PerspectivesThis module provides an introduction to the theory and history of international relations. The module will give a broad overview of the discipline of international relations, engaging with the scope of study, key theories and concepts, and ground these in an historical overview of the international system since 1945.Introduction to PoliticsAn investigation of the nature of political study and of politics through examination of political behaviour (processes of political socialisation, the nature of political culture and the ways in which individuals participate in a democratic society) and the role of ideas and ideologies in informing individual and collective behaviour.Introduction to International Relations II: Themes and IssuesThis module provides an introduction to the field of international relations by examining some of the key issues in contemporary world politics. After introducing core concepts and themes – for example, the idea and history of the international system of states and international society, transnational and global society, along with the concepts of conflict and co-operation among states and non-state actors – the module examines a number of immediate and chronic issues in world politics.Politics in Comparative PerspectiveThis module examines and compares the nature of democratic politics, including governmental institutions and political processes, in a number of systems including the United Kingdom, France, Germany, the USA and the European Union.Social Differences and DivisionsThis module is designed to provide students with an introductory knowledge of sociology and the different ways in which sociological analysis makes sense of the social world. Key concepts and approaches in sociology will be introduced through a focus on the relationship between individuals, groups and social institutions. Core areas of sociological analysis, including gender relations, class divisions, and ‘race’ and ethnicity will be considered in light of contemporary sociological debates.Contemporary Societies: Structure and ChangeThis module provides an overview of the key social transformations characterising the ‘modern world’ and the various ways in which these have been analysed. The module explores the origins and character of modernity through the development of industrial capitalism, the growth of rationality, the rise of the nation-state, and the separation of social life into public and private realms.
Political Thought 1A historical and critical examination of political thought and international theory, beginning with Machiavelli and concluding with Bentham. Students will reflect on how historic theories of international and national politics are to be understood and assessed conceptually.Political Thought 2This develops from Political Thought 1, beginning with Kant and concluding with de Beauvoir. Specific theorists such as Kant, Hegel, Marx, Mill, Nietzsche and de Beauvoir will be examined and general themes such as gender, sovereignty and the end of history in relation to the politics of states and the international arena will be investigated.Researching Politics and International Relations I: Analytical ModesThe aim of this module is to locate political science and international relations with reference to debates about the nature of social science, so that students may begin to make informed choices about their own modes of inquiry. Students will be introduced to debates about the nature of ‘the political’ (ontology), what we can know about it (epistemology) and how different modes of inquiry are derived from these debates.Researching Politics and International Relations II: MethodsIntroduces students to the ideas underpinning the design and conduct of research in politics and international relations, starting with the big questions of ‘what exists?’ and ‘how can we know about what exists?’ before moving to consider the practice and implications of different research methods.Contemporary Security StudiesThe topic of ‘security’ – what it is, how to achieve it, who should provide it, and even who and/or what should ‘be secured’ – is hotly contested by policy makers, the academic community, and members of civil society. This module examines some of the different ways that security and its objects of protection (whether these are the nation-state, the environment, the economy, a ‘way of life’, and/or the individual) have been conceptualised and the implications for peace and global conflict as well as for everyday forms of violence and exclusion.The Global Political EconomyExamines the global economic order and the interaction of economics and politics in shaping world affairs. The module is divided into two parts. Part one offers a historical overview, and a range of theoretical tools through which to understand recent changes in the world economy. Part two looks at a number of substantive debates by discussing how politics and economics are entwined in the areas of production, finance, and trade.Global Governance and Civil SocietyThe module examines the web of governance structures in a world no longer dominated by state actors. It explores the changing ‘architectures’ of statist governance and the variety of inter- and trans-societal, as well as global structures and processes.Understanding Europe: History, Culture and Political EconomyThis module explores what we mean by ‘Europe’ from the perspectives of current scholarship. It draws on a variety of disciplinary insights into the history, culture, political economy and boundaries of Europe in a period marked both by powerful integrative and disintegrative forces.Russia and East Europe after Lenin Explores the attempt to build a radical alternative political, social and economic model in Europe during the 20th century. The module will be substantively concerned with questions of state-building, governance, security and legitimacy in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. Taking a comparative approach to the region, students will consider the appropriateness of Western concepts for understanding the political system, particularly socialism, totalitarianism, pluralism and democracy.State and Society in EuropeOffers an exploration into the social and political foundations of European states and societies. It looks at the processes of nation and state-building and the relationship between state, markets and society, consolidation of European models of capitalism and the construction of European concepts of citizenship.Development and Social Change in Latin AmericaThe module examines the political economy of Latin America from the 20th century onwards. It explores state and class formation, debates about development and democratisation in the region, focusing on the continent’s role within the global economy, the impact of the drugs trade and the role of non-governmental organisations and contemporary issues of power and resistance in relation to world order.American Politics and SocietyAn analysis of the governmental and political institutions in the United States, the policy-making process, and contemporary issues in American politics.Modern British PoliticsAn analysis of contemporary British politics and the wider movements contributing to the making of modern British politics, and an assessment and evaluation of political change in Britain within a global and historical context.