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Global Politics (Module)

Module description


The aims of this module are to:

  • To provide students with detailed knowledge of well-established controversies surrounding the changing role of the state, and to ask whether International Relations might be increasingly giving way to Global Politics.
  • To synthesise, compare, and critically discuss key concepts, academic debates, and approaches to global politics; examining the role and significance of International Organisations (such as the UN or NATO), the role and significance of non-state actors (such as Amnesty International or Al Qaeda), and the role and significance of the emerging powers or regions
  • To explore and critically assess mechanisms of governance existing, or emerging, at the global level.
  • To improve analytical, problem-solving and academic skills through engagement with selected readings in whole-class discussion, group tasks, writing assignments and exams.


At the end of the module students will:

  • Have developed the capacity to generate ideas about the nature of the contemporary international system through the analysis of concepts and the formulation of responses to the changing role of the state, the significance of international organisations, non-state actors, and the emerging powers/regions.
  • Be able to identify, analyse and communicate debates, principles and concepts relevant to the study of Global Politics, and exercise judgement in identifying the strengths and weaknesses of competing interpretations of world political events and issues.
  • Have acquired specialised analytical, evaluative, and generic problem-solving skills through the judicious application of international theory and international political analysis, comparing and selecting appropriate methods, techniques, criteria and evidence.
  • Act with limited supervision and direction, accepting responsibility for determining and achieving personal and group outcomes and adapting performance accordingly, showing awareness of professional codes of conduct.
  • Have developed autonomous and group learning skills essential for progression to BA3 by undertaking research, both individually and as part of a team, to provide new information through exploring data and identifying significant patterns and relationships.

*Please note that module information is indicative and may change from year to year.


Staff information

Dr Oisín Tansey*

Teaching pattern

Typically, 1 credit equates to 10 hours of work. For a Full Year 30-credit module, this will equate to 40 hours of teaching time (2 hours per week) with 260 hours of self study.

Module assessment - more information

Coursework & Exam*

Required module for

Key information

Module code 5SSW2060

Credit level 5

Assessment coursework written examination/s

Credit value 30

Semester Full-year

Study abroad module No