United Kingdom, London and Paris

International Relations

when 3 July 2016 - 29 July 2016
language English
duration 4 weeks
credits 15 ECTS
fee GBP 3000

This unique summer programme will introduce you to the key debates and issues in contemporary International Relations. The programme is taught in two of Europe’s major capital cities, London and Paris.

In addition to exploring key theories and concepts, you will also learn about particular conflicts, discuss contemporary wars, debate the ethics of intervention and the use of violence, as well as consider the logic and impact of interventions. You will learn how international institutions function, how they respond to global and international threats, and how they attempt to mediate wars and conflicts.

During the Summer school programme you will be exposed to a broad range of seminars, lectures and discussions about the issues facing us in a globalised world. The programme will provide you with a sophisticated theoretical and applied understanding of international relations including areas of expertise such as war and security, globalisation and development, and EU foreign policy. Subjects that will be covered include an overview of International Relations since 1945, the major International Institutions and Actors, War and Security in a Global Era, and the European Union as a Global Actor.

The programme aims to provide you with knowledge of debates and ideas within International Relations, with a critical understanding of key theoretical and conceptual approaches, and with an understanding of various contemporary conflicts and dilemmas within international Politics. You will also be introduced to a variety of study skills for undertaking further study, particularly case study and comparative analysis of different conflicts, institutions and practices. You will also receive guidance in preparing short reports, summaries and analyses, and presentations with the specific aim of improving their writing, study and presentation skills.

Target group

University students in the second or final year of study.

Course aim

o Understand the basic theoretical and conceptual frameworks used in the study of IR.
o Apply theoretical frameworks/arguments to contemporary issues of war and conflict resolution.
o Critically assess the role of international (or supra-state) institutions and interrogate their relationship with domestic and local institutions and actors.
o Benefit from exposure to the culture and traditions of two major European capitals, giving you the opportunity to develop your language skills.

Credits info

15 ECTS
15 UK credits, 7.5 ECTS

Fee info

GBP 3000: Course Fee: £3,000 includes the following:
o Accommodation
o Tuition
o Breakfast and Lunch
o Return tickets London/Paris
o A field trip to Brussels (cost of return travel only)

Additional costs not included in course fee: Evening meals, social, travel, cultural and any other activities not related to the course.