International Relations A: Theories of International Politics
Module Code: POU22021
Module Name: International Relations: Theories of International Politics 2019-20
- ECTS Weighting: 5
- Semester/Term Taught: Semester 1
- Contact Hours: 22 hours lectures + fortnightly tutorials; 5 hours tutorials
- Module Personnel: Lecturer - Prof. William Phelan
- Module Prerequisite: either PO1600 Introduction to Political Science or PO1603 Politics and Irish Society
- Module Co-Requisite: POU22022 International Relations B
- Pre-requisite for SS module: POU44021 Contemporary International Relations A and POU44032 Contemporary International Relations B
On successful completion of this course students will be able to:
- Understand the basic causal mechanisms underlying leading approaches to explaining state behavior in international politics
- Assess the explanatory power of leading theoretical approaches to international relations, including as relates to particular historical examples
- Understand the different collective action problems associated with different issue-areas in international politics.
Module Learning Aims
To introduce students to theoretical approaches to studying international relations, including scholarly debates old and new.
This course is an introduction to the positive, descriptive study of international relations. Why do states make war? What are the conditions for the growth of cross-border trade and finance? What is the impact of international organizations on relations between states? This course considers these questions by looking at differing theoretical approaches to international relations and a selection of topics in historical and contemporary politics.
Recommended Reading List
Robert O. Keohane, After Hegemony: Cooperation and Discord in World Political Economy (Princeton University Press, 1984)
Assessment Details (draft)
Tutorial participation and written assignment: 35%
1 x 90 minute exam 65%