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IR4560 Faith, Politics, and War: The Augustinian Tradition in IR

SCOTCAT credits:30
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 10
Planned timetable:To be arranged.

Situated within a recent reassessment of the relation between religion and international politics, this module is designed to investigate the theological dimension in international theory primarily via an examination of Christian Realism and the Augustinian tradition in IR. In particular, the module revisits important theological moments in IR theory as exemplified in the work of Reinhold Niebuhr, Herbert Butterfield, Martin Wight and Hans Morgenthau and assesses the political theologies informing their thought. Finally, the module critically evaluates the recent worldwide revamping of political theology in international relations and examines the implications of recasting International Relations as a theo-political discourse for rethinking the global politics of religion.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Optional for International Relations and BA (Intl Hons) International Relations

UG Pre-requisite(s):IR2006
UG Anti-requisite(s):IR3061

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:1-hour lecture and 1-hour tutorial.
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 22
  • Guided independent study: 254

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 V Paipais
Module teaching staff:Dr V Paipais