Postgraduate Module Descriptor

POLM502: International Relations: Power and Institutions

This module descriptor refers to the 2018/9 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:

  1. The philosophical origins of contemporary IR
  2. Imperialism and colonialism in an Age of Empires
  3. Intra-imperial rivalry and a world in crisis: from anarchy to the League
  4. The Second World War and the origins of ‘realism’
  5. The management of Cold War bipolarity
  6. The resilience of institutions and the revival of liberalism
  7. The renaissance of critique: Feminism and Critical Theory
  8. The end of the Cold War and the rise of constructivism
  9. Poststructuralism and the discursive construction of world politics
  10. Race and world politics revisited

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities24 hours12 x 2 hour per week Seminars: Small group work, presentations, discussion, reflection
Guided independent study200 hoursReading for and writing essays
Guided independent study76 hoursReading for seminars

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).

Other Learning Resources