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Introduction to International Relations

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International relations (IR) is an exciting discipline which explores politics in the global and regional arenas.

This module introduces you to key concepts of IR in their historical context and explores the essential international theories which were developed over the years to understand the international system.

This is a 10 credit module on the Pathway to a degree in International Relations and Politics.

Learning and teaching

This will include:

  • introductory theories of international relations
  • collective security
  • humanitarian intervention
  • responsibility to protect
  • self-determination and recognition.

Coursework and assessment

To award credits we need to have evidence of the knowledge and skills you have gained or improved. Some of this has to be in a form that can be shown to external examiners so that we can be absolutely sure that standards are met across all courses and subjects.

For this course the assessment is made via one essay or one class test.

Library and computing facilities

As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University’s library and computing facilities. Find out more about using these facilities.


Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and dyslexia screening.