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IR1005 Introduction to International Relations

SCOTCAT credits:20
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 7
Availability restrictions:Available only to first year students in the Faculties of Arts and Divinity.
Planned timetable:10.00 am Mon, Tue, Wed

This module provides students with some of the basic theoretical approaches and concepts used in the study of international relations. At the same time it relates these concepts to international conflict, attempts to create a more peaceful international order, and the problems of a globalising world.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Compulsory for International Relations and BA (Intl Hons) International Relations

UG Pre-requisite(s):AAAB at Higher or AAA at A-Level or IB38.
UG Modules required for:IR1006, IR2005, IR2006

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:3 x 1-hour lectures (x 10 weeks), 1 x 1-hour tutorial (x 10 weeks), 1 consultation hour with Tutor (x 10 weeks) and 2 consultation hours with Year Coordinator (x 12 weeks). 4 hours of exam feedback are given in week 1 of the following semester.
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 77
  • Guided independent study: 123

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 60%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 40%
UG As used by St Andrews:2-hour Written Examination = 60%, Coursework = 40%
UG Re-assessment:3-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator:Dr A Bower
Module teaching staff: