Thinking Globally: Studying International Relations

This information is for the 2022/23 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Luca Tardelli CBG.10.05


This course is compulsory on the BSc in International Relations and BSc in International Relations and Chinese. This course is available on the BSc in Politics and International Relations. This course is not available as an outside option nor to General Course students.

Students who have this course as a compulsory course are guaranteed a place.

Students for whom the course is optional must commit to the course when they choose it.

Course content

The aims of this short course are two-fold. First, to enable you to reflect on and share ideas with other students about why you chose to study international relations and what it means to study international relations. Second, to acquire and develop the key skills you need to study international relations, including analytical skills, communications skills (verbal and written), problem solving skills and team working skills. Students will work together on the skills required for reading for academic purposes and taking notes; conducting research; writing essays and exams; and succeeding as an IR scholar.


This course is delivered through a combination of workshops totalling 7 hours and 30 minutes across Michaelmas term.

Formative coursework

There is no formal 'formative assessment' for the course.  A variety of 'formative exercises' will be used in the workshop setting aimed at developing and enhancing a range of study skills linked to the study of international relations.

Indicative reading

Chris Brown, Understanding International Relations 5th ed (Palgrave: 2019)

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There is no summative assessment for this course.

Key facts

Department: International Relations

Total students 2021/22: 61

Average class size 2021/22: 10

Capped 2021/22: Yes (84)

Value: Non-credit bearing

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Personal development skills

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