International Relations Theory/Area/History Research Workshop

This information is for the 2021/22 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof William Callahan CBG.9.05 and Dr Katharine Millar CBG 8.13


This course is open to all interested MPhil/PhD students and faculty in the Department of International Relations. It is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

Course content

The department was present at the creation of international theory. Its scholars and research students have long played leading roles in inventing and developing the discipline’s paradigms and approaches. In recent decades, international theory has moved beyond its European roots, enhanced by the theories and histories of other peoples and places. Area studies specialists, historians, and scholars from other fields increasingly situate their work in international and global contexts, creating new, interdisciplinary meeting points between IR and other fields in the humanities and social sciences. IR502 is part of the research-training programme for all research students working in the often overlapping spaces of international theory, area studies, and history. The workshop provides a forum in which faculty and research students can present their work on topics including everything from Global, Postcolonial and Feminist IR to IR’s traditional paradigms. The papers are circulated in advance.


A minimum of 6 hours of seminars in the MT. A minimum of 6 hours of seminars in the LT.  Some of these will be delivered online.


This course is not assessed.

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Important information in response to COVID-19

Please note that during 2021/22 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 differing needs of students in attendance on campus and those who might be studying online. For example, this may involve changes to the mode of teaching 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.

Key facts

Department: International Relations

Total students 2020/21: 2

Average class size 2020/21: 2

Value: Non-credit bearing

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Self-management
  • Application of information skills
  • Communication
  • Specialist skills