The Debating International Relations course at The University of Edinburgh is divided into two parts. In the first part, you will examine a number of theoretical approaches drawn from different intellectual traditions in the discipline, including classical and contemporary realism, liberalism, and radical approaches to international relations, as well as contemporary debates on power and globalisation.
You will then be able to apply these theories to current policy issues such as terrorism and security, human rights, governance and global institutions, the environment and poverty and development.
The second part will focus on the current role of Scotland and the UK within the context of international relations. With the recent Brexit referendum decision – where the UK voted to leave the European Union – special focus will be given to examining how this major relationship shift will affect systems within the UK, the EU, and internationally. You will gain a deep understanding of the EU’s development as a political system, and explores issues surrounding the Union’s recent enlargements as well as its general role in international relations.
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
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20 credits/10 ECTS/4 US
The course will be taught using a combination of lectures and tutorials, with discussion groups based on current issues and debates in international relations.Students will be expected to read materials provided for the class and to participate in discussions.
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