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IR2006 Issues in International Relations

SCOTCAT credits:20
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 8
Planned timetable:4.00 pm Tue, Thu

Building on IR2005's discussion of theoretical approaches to International Relations, this module will explore how these relate to some of the issues that confront those engaged in the world of international politics. The introduction to the module will reiterate why theory matters and each week the lecturers will approach the individual issues through one of two theoretical lenses, though there will be no single model applied to all cases. These will include: terrorism and asymmetric warfare, non-proliferation and weapons of mass destruction, 'new wars', humanitarian intervention and its limits, human rights, religion, aid and development, environmental change, regionalism.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


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

UG Pre-requisite(s):IR2005

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:2x 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).2 hours of exam feedback are given in week 1 of the following semester.
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 66
  • Guided independent study: 134

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 = 40%, Class Test = 20%, Coursework = 40%
UG Re-assessment:3-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator:Dr N Saunders
Module teaching staff: