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M11006 Problems in Global Politics
(Last Updated:03 May 2017)

Year  14/15

Total Credits: 10

Level: Level 1

Target Students:  Joint honours and students from Arts & Social Sciences. There is a limited number of places on this module. Students are reminded that enrolments which are not agreed by the Offering School in advance may be cancelled without notice.  Available to JYA/Erasmus students.

Taught Semesters:

Spring Assessed by end of Spring Semester 

Prerequisites: None

Corequisites:  None.

Summary of Content:  This module explores a range of contemporary issues in international relations. The underlying themes of the module are the problems of security and insecurity in the international system since the end of the Cold War. Module Web Links:
  • Reading List
  • Method and Frequency of Class:

    ActivityNumber Of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
    Lecture 12 weeks1 per week1 hour
    Seminar 12 weeks1 per week1 hour
    Workshop 8 weeks1 per week2 hours

    Activities may take place every teaching week of the Semester or only in specified weeks. It is usually specified above if an activity only takes place in some weeks of a Semester

    Method of Assessment: 

    Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
    Exam 1 100 1 x 1 hr exam 

    Dr C Pupavac

    Education Aims:  "By the end of the module students should: X Be able to appreciate the nature and complexity of some of the major problems, issues or events in global politics X Have been introduced to key themes, concepts or actors concerning problems, issues or events in global politics X Have a good working knowledge of the strengths and weaknesses of the major approaches to, or analyses of, problems, issues or events in global politics X Be familiar with the core concepts and controversies in analysing problems, issues or events in global politics "

    Learning Outcomes:  Students will be able to: Intellectual skills • Demonstrate an ability to think about the connection between theory and empirical analysis in a reflective and critical way. • Assess a variety of approaches and methods for the study of problems in global politics. Professional and practical skills • Participate in and contribute to weekly seminars by reading, analysing texts, summarising key arguments and producing presentations. • Gather evidence, assimilate information and summarise key arguments clearly, confidently and sequentially under time pressure in an exam (100% of the final assessed mark). Transferable (key) skills • Demonstrate team-working skills, good verbal communication and negotiation skills through debate and discussion. • Develop analytical skills to understand the theoretical ideas behind concepts in global politics. • Show problem-solving skills to understand responses to problems in global politics. • Develop written communication skills by basing arguments on clearly referenced evidence.

    Offering School:  Politics and International Relations

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