Module Catalogues, Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University   
Module Code: INR001
Module Title: Current Issues in Global Affairs
Module Level: Level 0
Module Credits: 2.50
Academic Year: 2019/20
Semester: SEM1/SEM2
Originating Department: International Relations
Pre-requisites: N/A
The module provides students with an introduction to key concepts and ideas of politics and at the same time applies these concepts and ideas to explain key issues in current global affairs. The module is suitable for all Year 1 students but, in particular, it also prepares students who wish to continue their education by studying for the BA in International Relations.
Learning outcomes 
Students completing the module successfully should be able to:

A Develop a basic understanding of key concepts and ideas of politics

B Demonstrate awareness of the different levels of analysis (subnational, national, international) in the study of international relations and politics

C Apply basic notions and concepts of politics to explain current issues and trends in international relations and politics
Method of teaching and learning 
The module is based on a combination of lectures and private study. Students will be presented each week with a case study from the contemporary empirical reality of international relations and they will have to apply the concepts/ideas taught during the lecture in order to elucidate aspects of the case study.
1. What is (international) politics?

2. Forging societies and communities: How come the world consists of nation-states?

3. A world of States: How do States interact in global affairs?

4. A world of democracies: What qualifies as democracy?

5. A world of institutions: Which factors limit nation-states’ actions in global affairs?

6. A world of violence: Why, where and when do wars occur?

7. A world of interests: How do economic interests affect international politics?
Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester 14          61  75 


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Final Exam 100.00

Module Catalogue generated from SITS CUT-OFF: 12/16/2019 8:00:21 AM