Power and International Order

As taught Autumn Semester 2010
Dr Catherine Gegout, School of Politics and International Relations

This module gives students the unique opportunity to study a selected range of fundamental texts, which have a crucial and seminal influence on the development of International Relations, and on the study of war and peace, culture and strategy.

Using these texts, the aim is both to analyse the growth of the discipline of International Relations, and assess how these texts reflect and inform key themes and debates, such as: the creation of a world society, the different interpretations of power and national interest, the concepts of ethics and intervention, human security, racism and emancipation, motives underlying conflicts, genocide, and conditions necessary for peace.

We will conduct in-depth discussions on the values of these texts, and be critical in our analyses. In particular, we will: 1) evaluate how these texts reflect the wide range of perspectives studied by International Relations scholars; 2) compare how different concepts are analysed by the authors; and 3) examine how these works are informed by their historical context, but also how they help us understand contemporary problems.

This is the only module which concentrates exclusively on the study of books. It will give you fundamental knowledge and understanding, which you will be able to use in your other modules, and in your future professional life. You will become experts in primary sources, and critical analysts of textbooks and newspaper articles which use terms such as realpolitik, prestige, norms and racism without really defining or understanding them.

Module Code:M12053
Credits: 20
Suitable for study at: Undergrdauate level 2
Method and Frequency of Class: 1 x 2 hour seminar per week

Target Students: Politics students. Available to JYA/Erasmus students. Students are reminded that enrolments which are not agreed by the Offering School in advance may be cancelled without notice. 

Prerequisites: None

Corequisites: None

Offering School: Politics and International Relations