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IR4535 Theories of Friendship, Solidarity and Peace

SCOTCAT credits:30
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 10
Planned timetable:2.00 pm Thu

In political theory the concept of peace may be characterised as an umbrella of varying size. At its smallest, the umbrella only captures the bare bones of the concept: peace means absence of war and violence. As it grows in diameter, the umbrella of peace starts to include other factors: first, it captures some agreement on rules regulating conflict and disagreement, then agreement on some basic values, then the bond of solidarity, of fraternity and friendship. This module introduces students to prominent theories of peace in the western tradition and provides them with a foundation for understanding the meaning and significance of peace in different historical circumstances.

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 Slomp
Module teaching staff:Dr G Slomp