International Relations (IR) is a fast growing academic discipline, reflecting the speed and complexity with which the 21st century world is changing. It is no longer a question of thinking at local, national or regional level – instead we need a proper international approach to understand the contemporary world.
This MA course engages students in central debates and issues in International Relations and provides them with the conceptual and practical tools necessary to better understand the world and international system in which we live and how it affects our states and societies. This course is designed to enable students to analyse key events in the international system, both historical and contemporary, and interpret them using theoretical ideas and key concepts to appreciate the development and trajectory of world relations between and within states.
The study of International Relations has traditionally focused on the role of the nation state. While this will be a core aspect of the MA, the programme will go beyond this to examine international relations from a broader perspective. It will take into account the role of other organisations, such as the UN or EU, and also international NGOs. It will also include an examination of aspects of international society such as the globalisation of media and the role of gender. The aim is to allow students to engage with International Relations both from traditional perspectives and from alternative views and visions of global structures.