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IR4566 Comparative regionalism

SCOTCAT credits:30
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 10
Planned timetable:12.00 pm Tue

The module offers an investigation of different processes of regionalism across the globe, with regionalism understood as the creation of territorially contiguous patterns of cooperation in different areas of international relations that may or may not be supported by narratives of common identities. While much of the discipline still conforms to a Euro-centric vision of regionalism and regional integration, the module deliberately explores non-European experiences and developments of regional cooperation. Different aspects of regionalism and the creation of regional institutions will be analysed and discussed with respect to Africa, Latin America, the Post Soviet Space, East Asia and South East Asia. Attention is devoted to concrete issues of cooperation and conflict in these specific regions, to the institutional characteristics of their regional organizations and to the interpretations that international norms such as sovereignty are conceptualised and 'localized'.

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-hour lecture (x 11 weeks) and 1-hour tutorial (x 10 weeks)
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 21
  • Guided independent study: 270

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 F Buranelli
Module teaching staff:Dr F Buranelli