Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL1018: Facing the Challenges of World Politics in the Twenty-First Century

This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 academic year.

Module Aims

This module will introduce you to an important sub-field within the discipline of Politics, that is, International Relations. More concretely, this module will expose you to a range of pressing issues in world politics and provide you with the conceptual and analytical tools to critically assess their origins, nature and potential impact. On completing the module you should be familiar with a range of contemporary political problems and the debates in world politics.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here – you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. demonstrate general knowledge of international politics from 1945 onwards
2. demonstrate familiarity with a range of conceptual approaches to specific global political issues;
Discipline-Specific Skills3. distinguish between theoretical, conceptual and empirical lines of inquiry in international relations;
4. approach both empirical and theoretical literature in international relations critically;
5. make valid and insightful comparisons between international relations theories and cases;
6. articulate your own policy, political and ethical viewpoints on the main challenges in world politics;
Personal and Key Skills7. listen and engage with the opinions of others, attentively and respectfully;
8. demonstrate that you are able to work independently and in groups to achieve your aims
9. demonstrate the ability to work independently, within a limited time frame, and without access to external sources, to complete a specified task.