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IR3049   International History and International Relations

Academic year(s): 2019-2020

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF Level 9

Semester: 1

Planned timetable: 10.00 am Tue

The study of international relations (IR) requires that students have an understanding of at least some of the literature and examples that are commonly used by international historians (IH). This necessity is due to the obvious historical roots of many of today's pressing problems in IR. This module will take a number of key themes (initially and for example), war, peace and empire, that have been often separately explored by IR and IH scholars and show how the two disciplines can reinforce and deepen the understanding of what we broadly call the 'international'. A series of case studies will be used, initially (and for example) that of the origins of the conflict in Palestine/ Israel; that of the origins of the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s, and; that of the roots of the decline of the British Empire in the period before, during and after the First World War. Each student will be expected to undertake historical research based on a use of secondary sources and also a study based on the use of primary, even archival sources.

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.

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: Coursework = 100%

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


Module coordinator: Professor A J Williams
Module teaching staff: Prof A J Williams