Module Catalogues

Introduction to International Relations

Module Title Introduction to International Relations
Module Level Level 0
Module Credits 5.00
Academic Year 2021/22
Semester SEM2

Aims and Fit of Module

The aim of this Year 1 module is to prepare students for study on the BA International Relations programme. It introduces the development of the discipline of political science and international relations through an examination of key concepts. Students are given the opportunity to develop conceptual and theoretical understanding of social science broadly and political science and international relations specifically by considering these aspects in relation to the emergence of the modern world.

Learning outcomes

A. Demonstrate a basic understanding of key concepts and ideas in political science and international relations
B. Demonstrate awareness of the different levels of analysis (subnational, national, international) in the study of political science and international relations
C. Apply the key concepts of political science and international relations to explore a specific case study
D. Demonstrate an understanding of learning practices and techniques in the Humanities & Social Sciences

Method of teaching and learning

Teaching on the module is by a combination of lectures and seminars.
The discipline specific lectures will introduce students to key concepts in international relations, with real-world examples used to illustrate how these concepts can be applied to analyse specific issues in global affairs.
In the Learning Practices in the Humanities and Social Sciences lectures, students will be introduced to key study and research skills to prepare them for their studies and assessments in Year 2 and beyond.
In the seminars, students will be invited to consider and discuss case studies that illustrate the subject matter of each lecture. Some seminars may be co-taught by staff from the English Language Centre, who will use activities to further develop the English language skills of students within the context of the study of international relations.
Students may also be provided with online language/study skills support from the English Language Centre (ELC) to help them engage with module content.