Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3207: Realism and International Security

This module descriptor refers to the 2019/0 academic year.

Module Aims

This module will provide you with:

  • An introduction to the genesis and logic of realist thought in international relations;
  • An understanding of key fault-lines within realism, and between realism and its critics;
  • A sense of the enduring relevance – or otherwise – of realist thought in the contemporary international system; and
  • An ability to apply theoretical ideas to real-world problems of national and international security.

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 in-depth knowledge and understanding of key issues involving realist thought and its competitors, as applied to international security
2. critically apply knowledge of realist thought to contemporary problems of war, stability, and national security policy
Discipline-Specific Skills3. display a thorough understanding of the evolution of strategic theory and international relations theory, and their utility for contemporary decision-making;
4. exercise informed judgement about change and continuity in international relations;
Personal and Key Skills5. conduct independent research, exercise critical judgement, and write clearly and persuasively; and
6. analyse complex and fast-changing problems and to have the confidence – individually and as part of a group – to design and advocate workable strategic solutions.