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IR5402   Analysis and Interpretation in International Political Theory

Academic year(s): 2023-2024

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF level 11

Semester: 1

Planned timetable: Wednesday 11am-1pm

This module introduces students to the methods and interpretive approaches that can be taken in the study of international political theory. It surveys a range of approaches to critical analysis, each examined through the work of prominent representatives, and considers questions regarding the conceptual, historical and normative interpretation of political theory texts.

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 2-hour seminars.

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: Coursework = 100%

Re-assessment: re-sit and/or re-submission


Module coordinator: Dr R Rao

Intended learning outcomes

  • Acquire an understanding of select contemporary approaches to political theory and IPT and of the major differences between them
  • A familiarity with how recent political theory has developed in response to both historical events and debates between different interpretive schools of thought
  • A grasp of the main theoretical concepts underlying the analysis and interpretation of theoretical texts and political phenomena, including human rights
  • An ability to critically analyze major contemporary approaches to the interpretation of political theory and political life