This Politics and International Relations course introduces students to the methods of social scientific enquiry and contemporary issues which dominate the two disciplines, progressively exposing them to the principles of liberal democratic politics and the contemporary issues dominating world politics.Apply Now
This Politics and International Relations course introduces students to the methods of social scientific enquiry and contemporary issues which dominate the two disciplines. In each class, students are progressively exposed to the principles of liberal democratic politics and the contemporary issues dominating world politics. The course is suitable for both those seeking general exposure to the subject and those who aim to pursue further education in the field of politics and international relations. Classes are structured so as to offer the greatest opportunity for discussion, which is provided by a combination of lectures, issue debates, written assignments and class activities.
The first week of the course is dedicated to politics, providing a broad introduction to democracy in general to begin with, and then later focusing on the British political system in particular. The assessment for this week is a piece of written work about the political system in students’ native countries. This course takes advantage of the wide variety of countries of origin that students come from (students of 75 different nationalities attended the New Perspectives course in 2017) to discover and share a plethora of valuable perspectives.
The second week of the course introduces students to the most accessible parts of international relations, namely international law, security and human rights, focusing on outcomes rather than theory. Students deliver a presentation on a detailed case-study as their assessment for international relations.
The aim of the course is to familiarise students with key concepts in the study of Politics and International Relations (IR) through the discussion of principles of liberal democracy as well as contemporary issues of national and international importance. The course introduces dominant features of democracy, encourages students to discuss their importance, and includes many debates on contemporary issues in world politics such as globalization, human rights and nuclear proliferation.
Students are strongly encouraged to engage in discussion and debate on contemporary global issues, their causes, consequences and effects on our lives, and will be aided in developing and expressing their views on these subjects as they do so. Analytical awareness will be fostered in students’ written and verbal arguments as a crucial skill for the discussion of politics and international relations, and indeed for future studies in general.
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