Key Issues in International Relations
Dublin City University
Area of Study
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits5
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units7
Hours & Credits
This module offers an overview of some central themes and issues in the study of contemporary world politics. Complementing theoretical elements with empirical ones, this course aims at outlining some international issues featuring both state and non-state actors. More in details, it seeks the following: i) reflecting on what IR theories are, what they are useful for and how they can be used for the understanding of the current global order. ii) assessing the role and relevance of supranational actors and dynamics iii)looking at the modern states, some of its features and challenges. All along the course, the students will be invited to reflect on the link between conceptual elements and case studies. After successfully completing this module, the student should have an adequate knowledge of a number of world politics themes and the theoretical instruments to think of them beyond the empirical dimension.
1. Familiarity with the main theories and dynamics of contemporary affairs
2. Ability to understanding and processing simultaneously theoretical and empirical elements
3. Contextualization of the main contemporary issues and understanding of the scholarly debate around them
4. Ability to read critically different pieces of research, summarise the main points and argue about the validity and complementarity of the different argument