This exciting course examines contemporary world politics across three main study themes: International Relations, Globalisation and Politics.
- Study questions of power, political decision-making, conflict, peace, foreign policy, democracy, human rights, and social movements.
- Consider how foreign policy decision-makers and international organisations respond in the face of war, social movements, terrorism, political struggles, democratic advances, and setbacks.
- Engage with a rich programme, using innovative digital learning tools.
- Reflect on how these issues have impacted regions around the world, such as the Middle East, Africa, Central and Eastern Europe as well as China.
- Examine controversial decisions around peacekeeping and peace enforcement in the wake of conflict, state collapse political or natural crises and large-scale human rights abuse. Examples include drawing on case studies of interventions in the Congo, Somalia, the Balkans and Iraq.
Why you should study this course
You should get a deeper understanding of the rationale for and value of cooperative relationships between nations, and of the foreign policy challenges.
The world is becoming ever more interdependent with the resulting global socio-political changes. This includes the rising cost of foreign aid and the impact of non-English speaking immigrants within the education system – increasingly affecting people at a local level.
You will examine major themes of post-war international politics, including:
- the dominant relationship between the superpowers
- the consequences of decolonisation
- the emergence of the ‚Third World’
- the spread of revolutionary wars
- the development of European integration and
- the spread and final collapse of communism and its effect on world politics at the end of the Cold War.
Find out more about our range of history, politics and international relations courses.
How you’ll learn
Your main study themes are:
International relations: You will have the opportunity to understand the world from perspectives and positions you may not agree with and raise your socio-political and cultural awareness, along with your empathy for difference. We examine three major themes that underpin the development of international relations in the 21st century: globalisation, power and order.
Globalisation: We introduce you to the ways that the emergence of the Atlantic World, and later globalisation, altered the cultural, social, and economic realities of all involved. We consider historical change from the 15th century to the present, with an emphasis on the history of the Atlantic World (Europe, Africa, and the Americas).
Politics: You will have the opportunity to study political institutions and behaviour post-World War II, examining the theories associated with political systems and institutions that form the framework for political life. The major focus is on how groups and individuals behave within the political framework of the Nation State.
This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include formal examinations and coursework.
The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards achieving the intended learning outcomes. Assessments may include exams, individual assignments or group work elements.
On successful completion, you will have knowledge of:
- origins and character of the contemporary international system key issues,
- institutions and processes that determine international relations methods and
- approaches employed in the study of international relations.
On successful completion, you will be able to:
- identify accurately the issue(s) which need researching and retrieve up-to-date discipline-based information using paper and electronic sources
- find a range of relevant information sources and gather and research relevant evidence successfully
- review evidence critically and debate evidence you have researched
- construct fair, coherent and convincing arguments using relevant key concepts and approaches
- analyse problems, take decisions, be creative and show initiative
- work independently with increasing self-confidence and to reflect upon the process of learning
- work within a group, to negotiate, to learn from others and to lead an activity
- manage time effectively, to set objectives and to evaluate the performance of oneself and others
- develop and debate ideas and to sustain arguments effectively both orally and in written form.
International experience opportunities
This course has an inherently international perspective. However, to further enhance your opportunity to gain an international experience, we will provide support for you to spend a year studying abroad or on placement and organise an annual overseas study trip*. For example, previous students spent a week in Sicily examining how the anti-mafia organisation Libera has been working to combat organised crime.
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