Module Catalogues

Current Debates and Research Design in International Relations

Module Title Current Debates and Research Design in International Relations
Module Level Level 4
Module Credits 5.00

Aims and Fit of Module

This module is a core module for the MA in International Relations. Taught intensively within four weeks at the beginning of the programme, the module explores current debates in the theory of International Relations, teaching students how to situate their own research interests and formulate their own research questions and designs with reference to these debates. The module also teaches general study skills to prepare them to undertake assessed coursework tasks on subsequent modules.

Learning outcomes

A Recognise the advantages and disadvantages of the different international relations (IR) theories, critically positioning themselves in the interdisciplinary debate
B Apply different IR theories to explain and better understand the empirical reality of international relations
C Combine different IR theories, where possible, to explain and better understand the empirical reality of international relations
D Identify different research designs and position themselves with regard to the main methodological debates in IR studies
E Develop their own research questions and research designs for the further study of phenomena in global affairs and international politics
F Critically reflect on the discipline’s main epistemological and methodological foundations and premises
G Develop independent research and study skills as well as a critical and reflective mindset.

Method of teaching and learning

Bringing together traditional instruction methods and interactive and reflective modes of teaching, the module consists of lectures, seminars, and weekly colloquia. During the latter, students will engage in group discussions in tutorial classes about the taught topics so as to inform the brief reflective statement that they will have to submit at the end of each week.