Module code: POL3063

Module Overview

In this module students will develop and extend their knowledge and understanding of International Relations in respect of both the discipline and the practice. The module builds on work done in previous modules, particularly POL 1012 Intro to IR and POL 2030 Theorising International Relations. It is therefore expected that students will enter the module with a developed understanding of International Relations theories with the aim of connecting these to theories of globalisation.


We will look at a variety of case studies that relate to a number of key issues in contemporary world politics, such as migration, refugees and developments in individual states. This will develop students’ knowledge and understanding of the types of events that have precipitated debates about, for example: the international versus the global; the blurring of boundaries between the internal; the external and the future of the state. Different understandings of globalisation will be identified and explored in relation to their utility in comprehending the cases already considered. Relevant key issues and concepts related to the nature and role of the state, sovereignty and territory will be familiar from previous modules, here students will be required to develop a deeper critique of traditional understandings of what constitutes the world and consider issues of time and space particularly in more detail. They should then be able to offer a critical evaluation of the contribution of the theoretical Globalisation literature to IR literature more generally.


Module provider


Module Leader

KAEDING Malte (Politics)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

JACs code: L240

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

The module will begin with sessions on the relevant theories, where students are expected to be able to demonstrate here a sound understanding of IR theory and key concepts. Students will move on to identifying those issues which dominate the political agenda at the systemic level. Attention then moves to focusing on deepening understanding of global events through studies of key cases. Finally, students will move on to researching, reading and assessing theories of Globalisation in order to assess their utility relative to each other before evaluating their contribution to our understandings of IR. These evaluations will occur within the context of knowledge and understanding acquired through studying the key cases.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Oral exam or presentation GROUP PRESENTATION 20
Examination 1 HOUR EXAM 60

Alternative Assessment

alternative assessment is a separate mini-essay on the group presentation, (800 words) 20%

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate

·         Critical engagement with the relevant literature, e.g. to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of key debates in Globalisation

·         Demonstrate understanding of the need to apply theoretical arguments to the analysis of actual events and actions

·         Demonstrate capacity to apply theoretical arguments to the analysis of contemporary international affairs

·         Identify appropriate and feasible area for analysis

·         Identify and apply appropriate methodological approach

·         Demonstration of excellent study, research and team-working skills


Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

·         Group Presentation

·         Supporting documentation for presentation

·         Exam (All details above)


Assessment deadlines advised prior to the beginning of each semester.


Formative assessment and feedback

Students will receive verbal feedback on their performance during lectures/seminars, and in one to one meetings during office hours. Additionally, students will receive detailed written feedback on their group presentation and individual feedback on their supporting documentation by the module leader. They also receive written feedback on the presentations by peers. Furthermore summative coursework will be receiving feedback summarised in a cover sheet. Feedback is module-specific but is also designed to be used for feedforward to other aspects of the degree programme as well.

Module aims

  • Build on the work of previous modules and so allow students to deepen their understanding of IR generally and the contribution of the globalist literature in particular.
  • Deepen students' knowledge of world events and their ability to analyse those through selected theoretical frameworks.
  • Develop students' understandings of the role and place of theory in order that they can assess its utility to building our understanding of world events.
  • Through the analysis of empirical evidence and theoretical literature, develop students' ability to think and reflect critically.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Draw upon already existing research and analytical skills, necessary for the application of theory to empirical examples, in order to determine, and account for, the manner in which actors at political and societal levels function in the contemporary world. KCP
002 Critically evaluate contemporary world issues and events such as displacement of people, conflict and intervention through the lens of theoretical literature on Globalisation. KCP
003 Comment critically on the relationship of theory to practice. KCP
004 Use existing research skills to locate relevant empirical examples and theoretical debates and to make connections between seemingly unrelated events. KCP
005 Communicate appropriately academic arguments persuasively and fluently in speech and writing PT
006 Develop presentation skills. PT
007 Manage large amounts of data effectively, employing a range of skills PT
008 Develop critical faculties and the ability to assess evidence independently and in dialogue with others PT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 128

Lecture Hours: 11

Seminar Hours: 11

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Develop students’ capacities as independent learners, to deepen their knowledge and understanding of theoretical and empirical issues in Globalisation, a field situated within the wider International Relations discipline field. It requires students to develop their research and critical thinking skills and to manage large sets of data appropriately. In addition, group presentations will allow students to build and develop team-working skills. Students are given the opportunity to formulate their own lines of enquiry, thus developing and testing their skills in respect of making appropriate critical judgments in respect of both theory and empirics.

The learning and teaching methods include lectures, seminars, independent study, presentations, prescribed reading, group discussions. Classes are run in 2 hour sessions at different times in the semester over an 11 week period. After first two weeks, one hour lectures will introduce students to the subject matter, which will subsequently be discussed in weekly hour-long seminars. Borders between lectures and seminars are fluid and lectures are held in a discursive style. Students will be expected to contribute actively during seminars, having prepared to contribute to discussions based on the reading material. They will engage in assessed presentations and be prepared to debate issues in a well-informed fashion.

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list


Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
English Literature with Politics BA (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Politics and Economics BSc (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Liberal Arts and Sciences BA (Hons)/BSc (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
International Politics BSc (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Law with International Relations LLB (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Politics BSc (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Politics and Sociology BSc (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Politics with Creative Writing BSc (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Politics with German BSc (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Public Affairs MPA 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2018/9 academic year.