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IR4535   Theories of Friendship, Solidarity and Peace

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF level 10

Semester: 1

Availability restrictions: Not automatically available to General Degree students

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.

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: 20

Guided independent study hours: 280

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 3-hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework = 50%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 50%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 50%

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


Module teaching staff: Dr G Slomp