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IR3044   Pathways of European State Formation

Academic year(s): 2024-2025

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF level 9

Semester: 1

Planned timetable: 10.00 am - 12 noon Tues

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: 1x 2h lecture (x11 weeks); 1x 1h tutorial (x11 weeks); 2 consultation hours with Coordinator (x12 weeks).

Scheduled learning hours: 33

Guided independent study hours: 260

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: Coursework = 100%

Re-assessment: 3-hour Written Examination =100%


Module coordinator: Dr J S Murer
Module teaching staff: Dr J Murer

Intended learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge of historical political and economic developments that have culminated in the formation of the modern European nation-state.
  • Distinguish between different types of political and economic movements and currents.
  • Develop critical thinking and analytical skills, as well as the ability to closely and critically read texts.
  • Develop skills such as skills will include conflict literacy and the ability to discern the trajectory of European state formation.
  • Hone transferable and key skills such as research methods, critical thinking, formal writing, and presenting oral arguments. Students will also be asked to assess one another’s presentations and arguments.