Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3158: Justice, Order and Anarchy in Modern International Relations

This module descriptor refers to the 2013/4 academic year.


NQF Level 6
Credits 30 ECTS Value 15
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (11 weeks) and term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Alex Prichard (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


International Relations (IR) theory is usually taught as a discrete set of ‘isms’. The consequence of this is twofold. First, this method results in the construction of mythological ‘traditions’ and secondly, we get little if any sense of the actual history of the field or structures of power and disciplinarily that gave rise to these ‘theories’. This module will present you with an original way of studying IR theory. The analytical focus of this module will be the core concepts of justice, order and anarchy. You will see how these concepts were understood by different individuals and groups in different historical and sociological contexts and, rather than focus exclusively on Western interpretations, this module will expose you to the ways in which international relations has been studied in the non-western world.


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