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IR3044   Pathways of European State Formation

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF level 9

Semester: 2

Planned timetable: 11.00 am - 12.30 Wed

The State is one of the most foundational units of analysis in International Relations, but where does it come from? This module explores the historical, and often violent, processes associated with the formation of the modern state in Europe, and the implications for the organisation of the economy and political society, as well as its impact for the larger development of the global political economy. Students will engage in how the creation of the state entails the parallel and commitment creation of categories into which bodies are designated, assigned, and condemned. The module begins with the transition from the medieval organisation of European society and concludes with an examination of the role of the state in facilitating and mediating the global economy.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass 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 consultation hours with Coordinator (x 12 weeks). 2 hours examination feedback in week 1 of following semester.

Scheduled learning hours: 46

Guided independent study hours: 254

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: Coursework = 100%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 0%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 100%

Re-assessment: Coursework = 100%


Module teaching staff: Dr J Murer