Theories of International Relations
This information is for the 2020/21 session.
Dr Jennifer Jackson Preece CBG.7.05 and Dr Tristen Naylor CBG.10.07
This course is compulsory on the MSc in International Relations (Research) and MSc in International Relations Theory. This course is not available as an outside option.
This course examines the ways that different theories conceive, analyse and explain the character of international relations. The purpose of the course is to provide a thorough interrogation of these theories, exploring debates both within and between them. Theoretical approaches to be considered include: classical and neo-realism; liberal institutionalism and neo-liberalism; Marxism; constructivism; English School theory; critical theory; post-structuralism; and feminism. The course also interrogates issues relating to the philosophy of science and philosophy of history.
Watch a short introductory video on this course: http://www2.lse.ac.uk/internationalrelations/video/IR436-IRT-video.aspx
This course is delivered through a combination of classes and lectures totaling a minimum of 40 hours across Michaelmas, Lent and Summer Term. This year, some or all of this teaching will be delivered through a combination of online lectures and in-person classes/classes delivered online. Students on this course will have a reading week in Week 6, in line with departmental policy.
Students are required to prepare at least one 500 word blog post and one 250 word response to another’s blog post on a Moodle forum (weeks assigned by instructor). All students are expected to prepare for and participate in seminar discussions.
- Chris Brown and Kirsten Ainley (2010) Understanding International Relations, 4th Ed. (Palgrave Macmillan);
- Patrick Jackson (2010), The Conduct of Inquiry in International Relations, (London: Routledge);
- Christian Reus-Smit and Duncan Snidal (eds, 2010), The Oxford Handbook of International Relations, (Oxford: Oxford University Press);
- Scott Burchill et al (eds, 2009), Theories of International Relations, 4th ed. (London: Palgrave).
Essay (100%, 4000 words) in the ST.
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Important information in response to COVID-19
Please note that during 2020/21 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the situation of students in attendance on campus and those studying online during the early part of the academic year. For assessment, this may involve changes to mode of delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.
Department: International Relations
Total students 2019/20: 18
Average class size 2019/20: 9
Controlled access 2019/20: Yes
Value: One Unit
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