Course Description

Course Name

International Relations

Session: VSRU3221

Hours & Credits

10 SCQF Credits

Prerequisites & Language Level

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.


This module explores contemporary issues and debates that shape world politics today. It starts by introducing International Relations (IR) theory before turning to two broad themes that dominate IR: conflict and peace. Key issues covered include nuclear weapons, private military companies, humanitarian intervention and failed states. We will also apply the themes of conflict and peace to a case study of the Northern Ireland conflict exploring the key political developments and the transition to a post conflict settlement. This module will also include a workshop that examines the use of wall murals to articulate conflict / post - conflict identity and a guest speaker who will talk about the challenges of post - conflict policing in Kosovo.

Excursion(s):This module includes a day trip visit to Belfast where we will undertake a historical /political tour of the city taking in the wall murals and other key sites linked with the Northern Ireland conflict.
Students taking this module will incur a small additional charge for the trip to Belfast.

*Course content subject to change