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IR4566   Comparative regionalism

Academic year(s): 2023-2024

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: Thursday 2.00 pm

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'.

Relationship to other modules

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

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 1-hour lecture (x 11 weeks) and 1-hour tutorial (x 10 weeks)

Scheduled learning hours: 21

Guided independent study hours: 270

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 B Tsokov

Intended learning outcomes

  • Understand how different regions come into being and around what norms and principles
  • Identify the main political, security, and economic issues each region in the world is facing
  • Understand how non-Western values, norms, and principles structure mutilateralism in non-European domains
  • Think of alternatives mode of regionalism other than the European experience
  • Question whether global governance can be (will be?) substituted by a more region-based governance