Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3264: International Relations in Global History

This module descriptor refers to the 2021/2 academic year.


NQF Level 6
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (10 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Brieg Powel (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


This module explores the practice of international relations over the long term of global history. In exploring periods and spaces commonly excluded from IR, it reveals different ways of doing relations across periods where the West was not dominant and when the state was but one among many prominent means of organising and governing polities. This includes thinking about how ‘things’ and processes ‘begin’ in world politics, as well as how they evolve and, possibly, decay. It also considers ways of thinking about history in Politics, IR, and the social sciences more broadly, including discussion of how history is ‘used’ by Politics and IR researchers. The module places a particular emphasis on research that explores connections and relations as being productive influences on historical development. The module is suitable for any student of IR, the broader social sciences and humanities, with a particularly interdisciplinary perspective.

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