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IR3055 International Relations and the Internet

SCOTCAT credits:30
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 9
Planned timetable:2.00 pm Thu

As a set of technologies, the Internet has played an enormous role in the development of trends which have been, in turn, transformative of international politics: globalisation, the emergence of new transnational political actors, the transformation of certain dynamics of war and conflict, and, potentially, in new revolutions and democratic transitions. Indeed, there is probably no area of contemporary international politics that has not, in some way, had to engage with the question of the transformative importance (or otherwise) of the Internet. Moreover, the Internet is itself governed by complex, contested, still remarkably ill-defined and sometimes unprecedented forms of global and international politics. The politics of the Internet - perhaps as much as the Internet itself - may be of great importance in shaping the way international relations works in the future. In this module, students will be offered an overview of the international politics of the Internet, and the implications of the Internet for international politics.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


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 consultation 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%


Module coordinator:Dr G Ramsay
Module teaching staff:Dr G Ramsay