United Kingdom, London

International Relations

when 27 June 2016 - 15 July 2016
language English
duration 3 weeks
fee GBP 1590

Arab Spring, European debt crisis or the rise of China – in an increasingly interconnected world, opportunities and problems have become truly international. This module offers an introduction to the only academic discipline that is specifically concerned with the study of this sphere.
The module closely examines various approaches within International Relations (IR) including core concepts like power or sovereignty and the specific aspects which theories of international politics seek to understand. It will cover a broad range of IR theories, in addition to taking a close look at international political economy approaches.
The other major objective of the module is to bridge the gap between theoretical insights and practical problems in international politics such as the occurrence of war, the role of the United Nations or international responses to climate change. On completion of the module, you will thus not only have gained a broad knowledge of concepts and approaches to study the ‘international’, but also the skill to use these concepts to analyse international issues critically.

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Target group

This module is suited to students and/or professionals from different backgrounds with an interest in international energy politics and energy-related environmental politics. It is suitable for students from all backgrounds.

Course aim

• Gain an understanding of the major theoretical developments and issues in contemporary international relations scholarship, particularly knowledge about the key substantive assumptions underpinning the various theoretical schools.
• Be able to assess the value of various frameworks regarding a given real world question, i.e. the skill to use theoretical frameworks to analyse international events critically.
• Be able to understand the theoretical assumptions underlying foreign policy.

Credits info

Many of our students get credit for the summer modules taken at King’s. You should approach your home university before applying as it is up to them to apply the credit to your degree programme. We would recommend a three week module would be equivalent to 3-4 US credits or 7.5 ECTS.

Fee info

GBP 1590: Tuition fee only