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

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: 12.00 noon Mon

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.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass IR2006

Anti-requisite(s): You cannot take this module if you take IR3061

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 1-hour lecture and 1-hour tutorial.

Scheduled learning hours: 22

Guided independent study hours: 254

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 V Paipais