An intensive summer programme perfect for adult students looking to further their knowledge of politics, international relations, governance and other related disciplines.
This one-week programme is residential in a college of the University of Oxford, and can be combined with Part 2 in this series, Analysing the “Democratic Dream”, to form a longer immersion in these fascinating subjects.Apply Now
The aim of this course is to extend students’ knowledge and understanding of global politics and international relations and provide a strong grounding in contemporary and up-to-date thinking in critical areas.
It will encourage objective, critical and evidence-based discussion, analysis and evaluation of modern theories and current topics through an exploration of the multidisciplinary nature of the two subject areas, and connections will be made between politics and philosophy, political philosophy, ethics, human rights and international law. Thus, the course will begin with a determination of the scope and content of politics and international relations studies followed by a rigorous evaluation of the role of qualitative and quantitative data studies.
Realist, liberal, institutional and constructivist perspectives will be employed as lenses through which to view the study of the inter-relations of these two subjects with specific reference to theories of contemporary state-building and state formation.
The course will offer an historical and country-specific perspective to answer the question: ‘Do states form nations or vice versa’? Consequently, state-building in early modern Europe and Latin America will be analysed and an investigation as to why some states are defined as failed states will be undertaken against sovereign state criteria. This will lead in to an analysis of the origins and dimensions of the concept of colonialism and decolonisation and the roles played by various countries around the world.
By the end of the course students will understand:
|Monday||Lecture 1: Introduction to the study of Politics and IR|
|Seminar 1: Inference in comparative politics|
|Tuesday||Lecture 2: Realism v constructivism|
|Seminar 2: Liberalism v Institutionalism|
|Wednesday||Lecture 3: Does war build states?|
|Seminar 3: Do states form nations or vice versa|
|Thursday||Lecture 4: Traditional warfare and humanitarian war|
|Seminar 4: Colonialism|
|Friday||Lecture 5: Decolonisation|
|Seminar 5: Presentations, course review and action planning|
1 x Written Assignment (500-750 words)
1 x Group Presentation
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