Debating International Relations
Examine concepts and theories in Politics and International Relations in the context of real world matters.
Our summer courses are designed using a hybrid teaching model and can be taught fully in-person, fully online, or a mix of both. This flexibility means our courses will be delivered in-line with Government and University COVID-19 guidelines. Students will be informed of the intended delivery method as soon as we are able to confirm this and in advance of the course start date.
|Subject||Social and Political Science|
|Credit level||SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate)|
|Credits||20 SCQF/10 ECTS/4 US (Read more about credit study)|
|Eligibility||1 year of undergraduate study and aged 18 or above|
|Language requirements||Evidence of language ability equivalent to IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or above|
|Start date||05 July 2021|
|Application deadline||16 May 2021 (Midnight - BST)|
Debating International Relations focuses on the major principles, concepts, actors and theories of the international system and their application to current issues in world affairs. The course is divided into two parts.
Part one examines a number of theoretical approaches drawn from different intellectual traditions in the discipline, including classical and contemporary realism, liberalism, constructivism, Marxism and radical approaches to International Relations, as well as contemporary debates on power-structures and globalization.
The second part discusses a number of current policy issues such as terrorism and security, human rights, governance and global institutions, global trade and finance, the environment and poverty and development.
- 20 x 3.5-hour sessions and one additional 2-hour session on the final day.
Live sessions will run from 9.30-13.00 (BST) on all days. On the last Friday, there will be an additional session from 14.00-16.00 (BST).
The course will be offered using a hybrid teaching model, using a combination of on-campus teaching and digital elements that allow students to take the course either based physically in Edinburgh, or remotely from home.
The course consists of lectures and seminars. Lectures will be followed by small group activities, ending with a question and answer session. Seminars will be less formal with more time spent on conversation, class activities and revision. Students are expected to participate actively and the course material is cumulative, each class building on the information from the previous one.
- Written answer on a previously chosen question (500 words) and short presentation (Formative - 0%)
- Submission of an essay plan (Formative - 0%)
- 2500 word essay (100%)
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate a critical understanding of the main theories in International Relations
- Demonstrate knowledge of the key structures and agents that constitute International Relations and global politics
- Critically assess debates and contemporary issues in International Relations theory and world affairs
- Apply the theoretical knowledge gained in analyses of concrete processes and changes in contemporary International Relations
Applications for this course are now closed.