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Module Code: INR002
Module Title: Essentials of International Relations
Module Level: Level 0
Module Credits: 2.50
Academic Year: 2019/20
Semester: SEM1/SEM2
Originating Department: International Relations
Pre-requisites: N/A
This module introduces students to the main theories of international relations (IR) and critiques, as well as to the concept of globalisation and its impact upon modern affairs. The module covers major IR theories ranging from liberalism and realism to socialism. Emphasis is placed on the important role played by governments, inter-governmental organisations (IGOs) and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in contemporary global society and current world affairs. The module is designed as an introductory course on international relations for all Year 1 students, but especially for those interested in studying BA International Relations.
Learning outcomes 
A: demonstrate a working knowledge of the main theories of international relations and an awareness of their applicability in analysing specific issues.

B: Understand the role of governments, Inter-governmental Organiztions (IGOs) and Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs) in a global society.

Method of teaching and learning 
The module is based on a combination of lectures and private study. Following each lecture, students will be presented with a case study from contemporary international relations and will apply the concepts/ideas taught during the lecture in order to elucidate aspects of the case study.
Introduction to international relations.

Realism, Liberalism and Marxism and the analysis of anarchy, power, structure, polarity and the national interest.

A brief history of the international system of nation states and how they have influenced global events.

Globalisation and its effects on the role of nations, media and business.

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

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