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IR4553   Europe, America and the Transatlantic

Academic year(s): 2024-2025

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF level 10

Semester: 2

Availability restrictions: Not automatically available to General Degree students

Planned timetable: 4.00 pm Tue

This module will explore European and transatlantic security affairs using a variety of conceptual perspectives. The module will cover both contemporary and historical case studies in order to reach a better understanding of the nature of European and transatlantic security practices. After an introduction to central structures and topics in European and transatlantic security affairs, the module will examine specific topics that are currently under-researched in transatlantic security affairs.

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%

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


Module coordinator: Dr F Donnelly
Module teaching staff: Dr F Donnelly

Intended learning outcomes

  • To explore the complex relationships between Europe, America and the Transatlantic
  • To investigate how different Transatlantic relationships 'hang together'
  • To examine to role of language in enabling and constraining different modes of interactions in an array of relevant empirical contexts pertaining to Europe, America and the Transatlantic
  • To unpack the 'Janus faced' nature of several identities shaping relationships between Europe, America and the Transatlantic
  • To theorize how multiple 'sovereignty games' are constituted by and constitutive of various Transatlantic relationships
  • To unpack how money makes the Transatlantic go around, as well as threatening its existence