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Module Code: INR020
Module Title: Essentials of International Relations
Module Level: Level 0
Module Credits: 2.50
Academic Year: 2019/20
Semester: SEM2
Originating Department: International Relations
Pre-requisites: N/A
The aim of this module is to introduce students to the main theories of International Relations and critiques, as well as to the concept of globalization and its impact upon modern affairs. The module covers the major theories ranging from liberalism, realism to socialism. Emphasis is as well placed on the important role of governments, Inter-governmental Organizations (IGOs) and Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs) in today’s global society. All will be illustrated through display examples of current affairs in the global arena.
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’s key themes are introduced in lectures followed up by tutorials, as well as self-studying and reading.

Lectures are designed to provide the students with a framework for learning by conveying some of the basic concepts, the necessary knowledge to understand the material contained in this module, and provide the foundation for further study.

Tutorial classes meet every even week (except Week 1), and take the form of group discussions of the topics covered in lectures before.

All students will be expected to make at least one class presentation. The presentation consists of a report on the subject covered in that particular week.

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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