7 August 2020
The world seems to have become an increasingly complex place. In times gone by, power and interest may have explained 9at least theoretically) why wars occurred or why some states embarked in campaigns of territorial expansion. Nowadays however, understanding the world requires an analysis of new actors, new ideas, and new dynamics that have merged the local with the global.
This module embraces such complexity, studying the main structures, actors, dynamics, and processes that define world politics today, and taking into account the multiple and competing explanations about it. The module will first offer students an introduction to the field of International Relations to understand some of the key questions that scholars and policy makers have focused on, and how the field has been transformed as the world has changed around them. It will then study a series of pressing contemporary issues, including war, security, development, human rights and terrorism. These cases and questions will be analysed through different theories including realism, liberalism, constructivism, Marxism and feminism.
Dr Outi Keranen joined the Department of Political Science at UCL in 2013. She holds an MSc in International Relations from the University of Bristol and a PhD from the Department of International Relations at the LSE. Outi has previously held the post of
This is a level one module (equivalent to first year undergraduate). Students must have completed one year of undergraduate study. No prior subject knowledge is required for this module, but students are expected to have a keen interest in the area.
Upon successful completion of this module, students will:
Gain and/or deepen understanding of the key theoretical approaches and debates in contemporary IR
Gain familiarity with key trends and developments in contemporary international politics
Develop the ability to engage with ontological, epistemological and methodological questions relating to the study of IR
Develop the ability to critically appraise arguments, assumptions and methodologies
Consolidate public speaking skills
7.5 ECTS / 4 US / 0.5 UCL
GBP 2100: Students joining us for six weeks (two modules) will receive a tuition fee discount.
GBP 1100: UCL offers accommodation in a vibrant area in the heart of London which costs approx. £1100 per 3-week Session.