United Kingdom, Edinburgh

Debating International Relations

when 6 July 2020 - 31 July 2020
language English
duration 4 weeks
credits 10 EC
fee GBP 3156

Debating International Relations will introduce you to the major principles, concepts, actors, and theories of the international system. Using examples from the world today, you will learn how apply these theories to current debates, issues, and conflicts to gain an objective and informed view.

Target group

Anybody who is interested in politics,international relations, and the international legal and political systems, especially those who are planning a career or academic research in these fields.

Course aim

The course is divided into two parts. In the first part, you will examine a number of theoretical approaches drawn from different intellectual traditions in the discipline, including classical and contemporary realism, liberalism, and radical approaches to international relations, as well as contemporary debates on power and globalisation.

You will then be able to apply these theories to current policy issues such as terrorism and security, human rights, governance and global institutions, the environment and poverty and development.
The second part will focus on the current role of Scotland and the UK within the context of international relations. With the recent Brexit referendum decision – where the UK voted to leave the European Union – special focus will be given to examining how this major relationship shift will affect systems within the UK, the EU, and internationally. You will gain a deeper understanding of the EU’s development as a political system, and explore issues surrounding the Union’s recent enlargements as well as its general role in international relations.

This course will appeal to any student interested in politics, international relations, and international legal and political systems, especially those who are planning a career or academic research in these fields.

Credits info

10 EC
20 credits/10 ECTS/4 US

Fee info

GBP 3156: This fee includes:

Tuition fees for the four-week course
Course materials and equipment
Academic trips and excursions
Social programme