Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POC2112: Decolonising: The Discipline of International Relations

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

Please note that this module is only delivered on the Penryn Campus.

Module Aims

The module aims to understand contemporary and core issues of global politics such as security and wars, multiculturalism and migration, etc., by taking a historical and sociological turn. In so doing, it will foreground the local and oral knowledges and narratives and at the same time it will critically scrutinise inter-state dossiers and memos. This will, in a true sense, broaden the discipline through contestations, stirrings and deconstructions of the already-settled concepts and theories and at the same time push you to decolonise your own viewpoints and research.

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. Discuss and analyse the competing theoretical perspectives in the study of International Relations and its Eurocentric roots.
2. Demonstrate a familiarity with relevant empirical issues and examples.
Discipline-Specific Skills3. understand and apply a variety of theories found in Politics and International Studies in order to assess and/or critique each theory and its application to specific practices.
4. Locate these theories and the debates/questions which surround them in the larger context of the study of Politics, for example conceptualisations of decolonial thought, racism and migration.
Personal and Key Skills5. Engage with, and analyse diverse literature and articulate complex concepts of race, decoloniality, gender, and colonial difference
6. Design and deliver presentations to peers, communicate effectively in speech and writing.