This module uses practical case studies to examine approaches within International Relations, from core concepts like power or sovereignty to the specific theories of international politics; such as realist, liberal institutionalist and constructivist thinking, as well as taking a close look at global governance and international political economy. It will bridge the gap between theoretical insights and practical problems such as the occurrence of war, the role of the United Nations or international responses to climate change, with the aim of enabling participants to apply their knowledge of concepts and approaches learned within the course to critically analyse international issues.
This module will run from 29 May 2017 - 9 June 2017 and will take place at our host institution, Lady Shri Ram College at the University of Delhi in India. The application deadline for this programme will be 1 May 2017.
Learning outcomes and objectives
By the end of the module, you should have:
- distinguished between realist, liberal-institutionalist, constructivist, IPE and global governance approaches to international relations, including an understanding of the major debates and the diversity within and between these schools of thought.
- explained the fundamental principles and entities which structure the contemporary international system, and the debates around them.
- appreciated a number of key policy questions of international relations (e.g. the US-China relationship, energy security, the future of the United Nations, globalisation), and situated these issues within a theoretical framework of international relations scholarship.
- understood the fundamental ontological and epistemological questions and debates that have influenced all social sciences.
Dr Diana Bozhilova, Summer Programmes Teaching Fellow at King’s College London and Head of Faculty at New College of the Humanities.
Dr Bozhilova is a political science expert whose published research focuses on democratisation and reform, as well as on energy security and development. She holds positions at King's College London and New College of the Humanities in the UK and served as an expert witness to the House of Lords Select Committee on the European Union.
- Seminars and tutorials
- Private study
Module assessment - more information
- One essay of 3,000 words (100%) (summative)
- Group presentation of 15 minutes (formative)