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Archived Version 2021 - 2022

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NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

Module Aims: To introduce students to the study of international relations. To give them an awareness of the classic theoretical debates in IR Theory. To introduce the range of issues covered in contemporary International Relations and Security.

Learning Outcomes

1. Identify the main international relations theories
2. Understand the central debates in contemporary Security Studies
3. Distinguish between the main theories of international relations
4. Choose an appropriate theory to examine a particular issue in International Politics

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture22No Description
Independent Study103No Description
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

What is International Relations? - Introduction to classic theories of IR

States, Systems and Society
putting theory in context

Introduction to contemporary theories of International Relations - Post Cold War Security Situation

A new world order?
Clash of Civilisations, Democratic Peace, Balance of Power or Global Hegemon

Global Governance - the UN, regional organisations and multilateralism

Intervention, Peace-keeping and peace-making

Globalisation and Nationalism
Competing Paradigms or Related?

Sovereignty, Contested States and Conflict Resolution

An introduction to foreign policy

The nature of the new world order. Is there an international society?


Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment% Examination Weight%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
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