Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL1018: The Challenges of World Politics in the Twenty-First Century

This module descriptor refers to the 2022/3 academic year.


NQF Level 4
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module will run during term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Gregorio Bettiza ()





Available via distance learning


This module will expose you to a range of pressing conceptual and empirical issues in international relations (IR) and provide you with the analytical tools to critically assess their origins, nature and potential impact. The module will reflect upon on-going normative tensions and policy dilemmas that analysts and practitioners of international relations face in the twenty-first century. These include challenges such as great power competition, terrorism, international cooperation, human rights, poverty and inequality, and the environment. The module regards IR, its theories and core concepts, as deeply interpretative and normative providing competing sets of analysis that do not only seek to understand and explain what happens in world politics, but also give different and competing answers to the critical challenges around us.

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