IR472      Half Unit
Advanced Topics in International Politics

This information is for the 2017/18 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Tomila Lankina CLM 6.07


This course is available on the MSc in International Relations, MSc in International Relations (LSE and Sciences Po), MSc in International Relations (Research) and MSc in International Relations Theory. This course is not available as an outside option.

All students are required to obtain permission from the Teacher Responsible by completing the online application linked to the course selection on LSE for You.  Admission to the course is not guaranteed.

Course content

This course explores important theoretical and substantive debates in the field of international politics.  Topics include theory and method in the study of world politics, structure and change in the international system, international institutions and global governance, and contemporary issues in international politics and diplomacy.  The course is designed to encourage critical, independent and constructive thinking about world politics past, present and future.


20 hours of seminars in the LT. 2 hours of seminars in the ST.

In line with departmental policy, students on the course will have a reading week in Week 6.

Formative coursework

Students will be expected to produce 2 essays in the LT.

Indicative reading

Amitav Acharya (ed), Why Govern? Rethinking Demand and Progress in Global Governance (CUP: 2016)

Walter Carlsnaes, Thomas Risse and Beth Simmons (eds), Handbook of International Relations (Sage: 2012)

Robert Gilpin, War and Change in World Politics (CUP: 1981)

Martha Finnemore, National Interests and International Society (Cornell:1996)

John Mearsheimer, The Tragedy of Great Power Politics, rev'd edition (Norton: 2014)

Susan Strange, The Retreat of the State: The Diffusion of Power in the World Economy (CUP: 1996)


Essay (100%, 5000 words) in the ST.

Key facts

Department: International Relations

Total students 2016/17: Unavailable

Average class size 2016/17: Unavailable

Controlled access 2016/17: No

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Leadership
  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Application of information skills
  • Communication