Major Approaches to the Study of International Relations (distance)

This module aims to provide students with a broad understanding of the main areas of study within the field of international relations (IR). The introductory session addresses the general question as to what constitutes the study of IR. Subsequent sessions examine the major approaches to the discipline (both mainstream and critical), focusing upon the distinctive insights and analyses that they have brought to bear.

Students will gain a comprehensive understanding of the nature of the wide-ranging theoretical debates that have shaped the discipline and will develop an understanding of the importance of questions of theory to the way in which we study IR. More particularly, students will be able:

Learning activities consist of compulsory key readings, lecture podcasts, as well as participation in presentation, online seminars and discussion forums. You will have a lot of opportunities to communicate with your tutor and peers through online discussion forum, live web seminar and email. Tutor will provide help and support throughout your distance learning process.

Suggested Reading:

Scott Burchill et al., Theories of International Relations, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, Fourth edition, 2009.

Tim Dunne et al., International Relations Theories: Discipline and Diversity, second edition, OUP, Oxford, 2010.