PIR-10041 - Introduction to International Relations
Coordinator: Moran M Mandelbaum Room: CBA 1.034 Tel: +44 1782 7 33513
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Level: Level 4
Credits: 15
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Programme/Approved Electives for 2019/20

None

Available as a Free Standing Elective

Yes

Co-requisites

None

Prerequisites

None


Barred Combinations

None

Description for 2019/20

This module is designed to provide a clear introduction to the academic study of International Relations and is useful to both beginning International Relations students and to students who would like simply to find out what the subject is about and explore a few topics or issues in the module that particularly interest them. The module shows how the modern `society of states┐ came about and was affected by various factors such as nationalism and other ideologies, technology and a globalising capitalist economy. It also gives students a basic understanding of the more traditional schools of thought in the academic discipline of IR.

Aims
1 - To introduce students to the academic study of International Relations (IR), including some of the more `traditional┐ schools of thought in the discipline.
2 - To consolidate study skills which would be necessary for future modules.

Talis Aspire Reading List
Any reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.
http://lists.lib.keele.ac.uk/modules/pir-10041/lists

Intended Learning Outcomes

Explain the development of the modern `society of states┐ and how its evolution has been shaped by various factors such as nationalism, technology, international law and organisations, war and security, and a globalising capitalist economy.: 1,2
Interpret and compare the more `traditional┐ perspectives in the academic discipline of International Relations.: 2
Recognise the important functions performed by lectures and be able effectively to identify and coherently summarise their key points.: 1,2
Develop and strengthen essential study skills including the ability use search engines in order to find relevant scholarship; read and summarise key ideas and arguments in scholarly sources; develop an argument and coherently explicate and evidence it in an essay form, whilst drawing on scholarly sources; and properly deploy the Harvard referencing system.: 1,2

Study hours

10 hours attendance at lectures
10 hours attendance at seminars
50 hours preparation for the ten plenary seminars
20 hours reading, researching and writing the journal review
60 hours researching and writing the essay


School Rules

None

Description of Module Assessment

1: Review weighted 20%
A 800-word journal review
Students will choose one journal paper from a list and write a 800-word review. The review will entail the following: 1. The puzzle or phenomenon under study: What is the paper about and what problem is it addressing? This part can also include the paper┐s research questions. 2. The argument(s) and approach of the paper: Is the paper deploying a specific theory or approach to the study of IR? This part should be the bulk of the review. 3. Structure: how is the paper structured?

2: Essay weighted 80%
A 2000-word essay chosen from a list of questions
Students should choose one question from the list of questions and follow the guidelines of academic writing whilst deploying the Harvard referencing system.