Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3124: Anarchism and World Ordering

This module descriptor refers to the 2017/8 academic year.

Module Aims

By approaching the development of 'the international' from the perspective of anarchist international political theory, you will come to see the world through a unique set of lenses. This will help clarify your own views on a range of topics form global capitalism to international law, climate change and US empire.  This research-led module will provide a deep and broad understanding of anarchist approaches to world ordering and explore how anarchist practices themselves shape the contemporary world order. The module follows a broadly chronological structure, showing how anarchists have responded to the world ordering projects of their opponents, and how contemporary anarchist theory might help us think about world ordering more generally. The aim is to use historical experiences of anarchist theory and practice to shed light on the origins and trajectory of the contemporary neo-liberal world order and to evaluate these sets of critiques in the light of wider debates in International Relations and political theory.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here – you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. contrast historic and contemporary world orders;
2. identify the contrasts and similarities in anarchist thought as it evolved over time;
Discipline-Specific Skills3. demonstrate understanding of anarchist approaches to international relations;
4. critically engage mainstream accounts of international relations from an anarchist perspective;
Personal and Key Skills5. present complex arguments with clarity and concision;
6. identify spurious conclusions and distinguish rigorous from merely persuasive argument; and
7. express complex ideas clearly in both written and oral form.