International Relations Theory II
In this unit we'll explore key assumptions underlying theories and talk about the political implications of choosing one theory over another. We will explore contemporary deployments of IR theory to gain an in-depth understanding of what the various theoretical traditions are producing in the field of research now. This unit will culminate with a discussion about the purpose and relevance of theory with you encouraged to develop your own theoretical position.
Asking Questions and Finding Answers: Methods and Approaches to IR
The unit looks into the philosophy of social science and how debates about the study of international relations change the kind of questions we ask and the approaches we use to find responses to those questions. The unit will examine the utility of a variety of methods and approaches, starting with training in how to use and critique statistical methods, through game theory, feminist approaches and narrative approaches. The unit will culminate in asking you to reflect on what you think should be the point of studying international relations.
International Relations Theory I
This unit will examine the development of International Relations Theory throughout the twentieth century. The unit will look at the historically dominant traditions of realism, liberalism and Marxism and then explore contemporary critical theories such as feminism, postcolonialism, poststructuralism and social constructivism. The unit will focus on key debates between theories and connections, to the historical development of the field of International Relations.
Manufacturing reality: Social Construction of Security
The unit will analyse the processes and factors that shape public perception of security. In this unit, we will discuss why our understanding of security and insecurity varies through time and space. The unit will look at the role of media, propaganda, and ideology in the social construction of security.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.