Theory and Practice of International Relations

Module code: POPP 5027

Module description

This module provides students with an advanced understanding of International Relations theory and its relationship to the contemporary world. The module starts by introducing students to the subject discipline of International Relations and emphasises the significance of the relevance of theory in explaining the contemporary world. The module then provides an understanding of the key theories and evaluates the main differences between the competing positions. The module then applies these theories to relevant issues in the study of International Relations, including war, democratic peace, global governance, energy and security. By doing so, students will gain an understanding of how the practices of international relations, both as an academic discipline and as a real-world activity, are informed by theoretical perspectives.

Contact hours per student per year

  • Workshops: 36 hours


  • Essay 1: 20%
  • Essay 2: 80%

Additional costs: No extra costs other than purchase of books