The Challenges of World Politics in the Twenty-First Century

Module titleThe Challenges of World Politics in the Twenty-First Century
Module codePOL1018
Academic year2019/0
Credits15
Module staff

Dr Gregorio Bettiza (Lecturer)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks

11

Number students taking module (anticipated)

200

Description - summary of the module content

Module description

This module will expose you to a range of pressing conceptual and empirical issues in international relations (IR) and provide you with the analytical tools to critically assess their origins, nature and potential impact. The module will reflect upon on-going normative tensions and policy dilemmas that analysts and practitioners of international relations face in the twenty-first century. These include challenges such as great power competition, terrorism, international cooperation, human rights, poverty and inequality, and the environment. The module regards IR, its theories and core concepts, as deeply interpretative and normative providing competing sets of analysis that do not only seek to understand and explain what happens in world politics, but also give different and competing answers to the critical challenges around us.

Module aims - intentions of the module

This module will introduce you to an important sub-field within the discipline of Politics, that is, International Relations (IR). More concretely, this module will expose you to a range of pressing issues in world politics such as great power competition, terrorism, international cooperation, human rights, poverty and inequality, and the environment and provide you with the conceptual and analytical tools to critically assess their origins, nature and potential impact. On completing the module you should be familiar with a range of contemporary political problems and the debates in world politics.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. demonstrate general knowledge of international politics from 1945 onwards
  • 2. demonstrate familiarity with a range of conceptual approaches to specific global political issues;

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 3. distinguish between theoretical, conceptual and empirical lines of inquiry in international relations;
  • 4. approach both empirical and theoretical literature in international relations critically;
  • 5. make valid and insightful comparisons between international relations theories and cases;
  • 6. articulate your own policy, political and ethical viewpoints on the main challenges in world politics;

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 7. listen and engage with the opinions of others, attentively and respectfully;
  • 8. demonstrate that you are able to work independently and in groups to achieve your aims
  • 9. demonstrate the ability to work independently, within a limited time frame, and without access to external sources, to complete a specified task.

Syllabus plan

Syllabus plan

The module’s precise content may vary from year to year. Topics covered range from international organizations and human rights, the global political economy and the capitalist system, global challenges such as poverty, climate change, and migration, to the implications for international security and order of great power competition, terrorism, and populism.

Learning and teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad
26.5123.50

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching activity 16.511 x 1.5 hour lectures
Scheduled Learning and Teaching activity 1010 x 1 hour tutorials
Guided Independent study73.5Preparation and completion of course work
Guided Independent study50Reading for tutorials

Assessment

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Discussions in Lectures and TutorialsDuring lectures and tutorials1-8Verbal

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams
30700

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Essay301,500 words1-6 Written
Examination702 hours1-6, 9Written

Re-assessment

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
EssayEssay (1,500 words)1-6August/September assessment period
ExaminationExamination (2 hours)1-6, 9August/September assessment period

Resources

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

The reading for the module will all be made available through the module's web page in ELE.  please see:

ELE – http://vle.exeter.ac.uk/ 

Indicative learning resources include:  

Baylis, John, Smith, Steve, and Owens, Patricia (2017), The globalization of world politics: an introduction to international relations (7th edn.: Oxford University Press).

Beeson, Mark and Bisley, Nick (eds.) (2017), Issues in 21st century world politics (3rd edn.: Palgrave MacMillan)

Edkins, Jenny and Zehfuss, Maja (eds.) (2019), Global Politics: A New Introduction (3rd edn., London: Routledge).

 

Module has an active ELE page

Key words search

World Politics Twenty-First Century

Credit value15
Module ECTS

7.5

Module pre-requisites

None

Module co-requisites

None

NQF level (module)

4

Available as distance learning?

No

Origin date

01/10/2011

Last revision date

28/08/2019