International Relations

Maynooth University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    International Relations

  • Host University

    Maynooth University

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    International Relations, Political Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Upper

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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

    5
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    2
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    3
  • Overview

    This module introduces students to the main theoretical approaches to and contemporary issues in the study of International Relations (IR). Focusing on the inter-relationships between states, international organizations and non-state actors, the module begins by outlining the key theoretical frameworks which inform IR debates. These include Realism, Liberal Internationalism, Marxism and Social Constructivism. Building on these conceptual foundations the module then introduces the key debates within the world of contemporary international politics, including Francis Fukuyama's The End of History, Samuel Huntington's Clash of Civilisations, the relationship between Islam and the West and the US 'war on terror', and the nature and significance of global economic structures. The mixture of theoretical and empirical analysis will allow students to develop ideas about the international political system, what it is made up of, how states interact with each other and with wider structural forces. Particular attention will be paid to the intellectual history of the discipline and to contemporary IR theory.

    Learning Outcomes:

    On successful completion of the module, students should be able to:
    -Detail and evaluate the major theories and key concepts used by social scientists to analyse contemporary issues in the study of International Relations (IR) including Realism, Liberal Internationalism, Marxism and Social Constructivism.
    -Critically assess the contribution of social scientific analyses to an understanding of the inter-relationships between states, international organizations and non-state actors.
    -Evaluate the empirical trends and patterns identified by social scientists exploring issues such as: debates within the world of contemporary international politics, including Francis Fukuyama?s The End of History, Samuel Huntington?s Clash of Civilisations, the relationship between Islam and the West and the US ?war on terror?, and the nature and significance of global economic structures.
    -Develop an independent and critical perspective on the social scientific analysis of the international political system, what it is made up of, how states interact with each other and with wider structural forces.

    Teaching & Learning methods:
    24 lecture hours

    Assessment:
    Continuous Assessment: 50%
    University scheduled written examination: 50%

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