Issues In International Relations POLITIC4010

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Social and Political Sciences
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course is a survey of some key contemporary issues in international relations. It will examine both some current manifestations of perennial problems of international politics, and some issues new to our time. As such, it is not simply a descriptive course on "current events," but is rather an in-depth analytical and critical evaluation of the challenges posed by a range of issues whose significance stretch far beyond the boundaries of any one country.


This course may not be running this year. For further information please check the Politics Moodle page or contact the subject directly.

Requirements of Entry

Mandatory Entry Requirements

Entry to Honours Politics requires a grade point average of 12 (Grade C) over Politics 2A and Politics 2B as a first attempt.

Excluded Courses





Presentation (10%)

2000 word essay (40%)

2500 word essay (50%)

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable


Course Aims

The aim of the module is to introduce students to a variety of competing perspectives on a variety of global issues, requiring critical consideration of the insights and problems each perspective offers. It will provoke students to critically reflect upon the different ways to think about and conceptualize key issues in contemporary world politics.


The course is intended to be a "visitor's option", i.e., a course that can be taught by a visiting lecturer.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this programme students will be able to:

■ Have obtained a thorough understanding of a number of key issues and challenges in contemporary world politics

■ Be able to engage and analyse global problems through a number of theoretical approaches

■ Discern the links between theoretical analyses of global problems and potential policy prescriptions

■ Recognise the interconnectedness of contemporary global issues that stretch beyond the borders of single countries

■ Recognise interlocking political, institutional, economic and cultural dimensions of global problems.


Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.