International Relations Theory
The unit will examine the development of International Relations theory throughout the twentieth century, looking in particular at the historically dominant traditions of realism, liberalism and Marxism. It will then go on to consider more contemporary theories such as feminism, post-colonialism, critical theory, and social-constructivism. The unit will have a particular focus on the epistemological and ontological debates that underpin the development of post-positivist approaches.
Evolution of Global Security
The units content is divided into small blocks examining specific theoretical perspectives and practical challenges to global security. The unit starts from evaluating the role of the European Union in regional and global security. The unit moves on to study postcolonial perspective on poverty and humanitarian interventions, to analyse how IR theories explain Climate Change and other threats to Environmental Security. The last section is devoted to the Critical Theory and modern warfare and global terrorism.
A unit that introduces you to the main figures in Political Theory between Machiavelli and Marx, and focuses on their leading ideas. The unit covers the following thinkers and their leading ideas; Niccolo Machiavelli, Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Edmund Burke, John Stuart Mill, and Karl Marx.
Politics of the Arts
This unit will explore links between art and politics in a thematic way focusing on the artist as witness to, activist in or victim of political events. It will make reference to a wide range of international art, design and cinematic movements.
War, Violence and the Democratic State
The unit aims to provide an understanding of the ethical dimensions of war and politics through an examination of persistent moral problems and dilemmas concerning war, violence and political obligation. Topics considered include pacifism; the concept and criteria of a ‘Just War’; humanitarian intervention and the development of international law.
Modern British Politics
The unit will provide you with an understanding of the changing character of politics and society in Britain since 1980. It focuses particular attention on debates surrounding the role of the state, the economy, the organisation of industry and the role of factors such as the media and pressure groups within the political process.
This unit combines an introduction to the US federal government and its institutions, processes and policies with an examination of US foreign policy since the Cold War. It includes the US Constitution, Congress, the Presidency and the Supreme Court; parties and elections; recent political history and key contemporary issues; American policy from the height of the Cold War to the present day.
Engaging the Humanities and Social Science: Interdisciplinary Learning and Practice
This is an innovative cross-departmental unit which provides an opportunity to work in an interdisciplinary context alongside other students from a range of undergraduate programmes within the Humanities part of our Faculty.