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IR3022 International Relations and International Law

SCOTCAT credits:30
Academic year(s):2017/8
Level:
SCQF Level 9
Semester:1
Planned timetable:11.00 am Wed

This module investigates international law as a paradigm for critically analysing international relations. It starts from an assumption that international politics is so intertwined with international law concepts and practices that students and practitioners in international relations cannot operate without basic familiarity with international law. International law is an arena for debates about core values of the international system and a mechanism for the balancing of competing values that underpin it. At the same time international law is constrained by international political realities. Throughout the module we will contend not just with the fundamental assumptions about 'international order', but also question in what ways this order is developing. We will strive to better understand the complex relationship between law and politics in the international arena. The conscientious student pursuing this module should (a) be able to see international law as a useful paradigm for the understanding of international relations and be able to contextualize it within international relations theories; (b) be able to identify when a dispute among international actors would benefit from a legal analysis and discern competing values underpinning it; (c) be able to critically evaluate legal arguments and understand how their development and application is constrained by international politics, and (d) have the capacity to apply and discuss international legal rules and concepts in relation to a number of substantive issue areas covered in this module.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules

Undergraduate

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

UG Pre-requisite(s):IR2005 and IR2006

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:1 x 1-hour lecture (x 10 weeks), 1 x 1-hour tutorial (x 10 weeks), 2 consutlation hours with Coordinator (x 12 weeks). 2 hours examination feedback in week 1 of following semester. .
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 20
  • Guided independent study: 280

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 50%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 50%
UG As used by St Andrews:3-hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework = 50%
UG Re-assessment:3-hour Written Examination = 100%

Personnel

Module coordinator:Dr M Peter
Module teaching staff:Dr M Peter