Introduction to Contemporary International Relations

Module code: POPP 1104

Module description

The aim of this module is to offer a broad introduction to the field of International Relations. It examines the multidisciplinary nature of international relations as a discipline drawing on History, Law, Philosophy, Politics, Sociology and Psychology for intellectual inspiration. Students will look at how international relations have developed over time and examine the mainstream theories and levels of analysis used to explain world politics.

They will then turn to an exploration of key contemporary issues in international politics including war and conflict, international terrorism, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, the place of international law, humanitarian intervention, development and global poverty, women's rights, the global economy and the role of international organisations.

A key goal of the module is to develop students' skills in researching and writing about international politics.

Contact hours per student per year

  • Lectures: 22 hours
  • Tutorials: 22 hours


  • Essay (1500 words): 30%
  • Portfolio (3000 words): 70%

Additional costs: No extra costs other than purchase of books