Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3264: International Relations in Global History

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

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover all or some of the following topics: 

  • What is history in IR?       
  • Actors and relations in IR
  • Beginnings: the emergence of the international
  • The international & ecosystems  
  • States, empires, & international systems
  • Actors beyond the state, such as pirates
  • Warfare in global history
  • The ‘rise of the West’ & the non-western international
  • Capitalism

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activity2010 x 2-hour seminars
Guided Independent study50Private study – reading and preparing for seminars
Guided Independent study80Preparation for coursework (essay) and take-home exam – including researching and collating relevant sources; planning the structure and argument; writing up the essay

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).