Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3261: Becoming an Actor in World Politics: International and Transnational Recognition

This module descriptor refers to the 2020/1 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:

  • State recognition in international law and politics
  • Secessionist movements and unrecognised/contested/de facto states
  • Recognition in social and political theory
  • Interstate recognition in IR: (mis)recognition or ‘disrespect’ as driver for state behaviour and cause of war
  • Interstate recognition in IR: mutual recognition as respect/status between states, case of rising powers
  • Recognition of governments: coups d'état, civil wars, decolonisation conflicts, foreign occupation
  • Transnational recognition of non-state actors: social movements, civil resistance movements, national liberation movements, rebel movements, parties to civil wars
  • (Mis)recognition in identity conflicts
  • Recognition in conflict resolution/peacebuilding: ‘thick recognition’ in transformation of intractable conflicts, reconciliation and just peace
  • Case studies (term 2) to be determined by class

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 Activities4422 x 2-hour seminars
Guided independent study88Reading for seminars
Guided independent study144Completion of coursework
Guided independent study24Preparation of case study presentation

Online Resources

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