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Global Politics II

20 Credits

Global Politics II applies the theoretical and conceptual tools studied in Global Politics I to empirically focused issue areas in the fields of a global organisation, global political economy, security, conflict and communications.

Key to the course is to engage the power, character, extent, quality and range of agents and institutions involved in global political dynamics and evolving policy frameworks for solidarity, governance, regulation and intervention across these diverse issue areas. In this way, the course not only focuses on the global nature of processes, institutions, actors and practices but also explores the social extent and depth of mobilisation, inclusion, participation and accountability present in dynamics of a global organisation. This provides significant emphasis on the key programme themes of global citizenship, democracy and justice, highlighting the way in which the expansion of citizenship is related to the global and social extent and intensity of participation and mobilisation around these issues.

The course also continues to explore how these themes are understood by the different approaches introduced in Global Politics I, but also engages a range of sources utilising distinct research methodologies, including qualitative and quantitative methods, discourse analysis, process tracing and historical institutional frameworks. The study of these structures will become a principal pedagogic focus in the weekly seminars. In this way, the course continues to examine issues of contemporary global politics relevant to the field of global citizenship at a more empirical level. It also provides an essential platform for students to understand the complex and varied nature of global politics research frameworks and how to select and utilise these in the preparation and writing of their Global Politics dissertations.

Global Politics II comprises ten two-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 is commensurate with the requirements of a 20-credit postgraduate course. The course is assessed through one 1,500-word essay.

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