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Global Politics I

20 Credits

Global Politics I is designed to introduce students to the key processes, concepts, theories, approaches and debates relevant to the study of global politics and global citizenship.

Central to the course is the tension in the study of global politics and international relations between frameworks emphasising the endurance of Westphalian order and those stressing the arrival of a post-Westphalian, post-national order based on transnational institutions, laws and norms.

The study of the ‘global’ then focuses on the extent to which power, authority and political participation at higher and lower levels are increasingly fragmented into poly-centric, trans-national or trans-local spheres and coalescing into forms of worldwide cooperation and cosmopolitan belonging.

The course focuses on the implications of these perspectives and of critical approaches for our understanding of sovereignty, governance, political community, identity, justice, democracy and security.

This core course serves as an essential theoretical and conceptual foundation to be applied to the empirical and research themes of the second core course (Global Politics II), as well as disciplinary, theoretical and conceptual orientation to students in the preparation of their Global Politics dissertations.

Global Politics I is taught through a series of 12 one-hour seminars with fewer than 15 students in the class. In addition to seminars, students will attend the Guest Lecture Series (lectures with questions and answer sessions) to broaden their knowledge of key developments and trends in the study of Global Politics. To complete the course, students will be expected to undertake 200 hours of structured study as commensurate with the requirements of a 20-credit postgraduate course. The course is assessed by a 5,000-word essay.

Related Degrees

The following degrees contain this course: