MA International Relations
Traditional issues such as war and peace, strategy and diplomacy are still at the heart of world affairs.
However, the issues of human rights, climate change and the environment, migration, globalisation, global civil society, terrorism and many others present even more complex and intriguing challenges which future scholars and practitioners of international relations will have to address.
The programme aims to prepare you for an exciting career in the fast-moving and uncertain world of global politics, so you are able to meet the challenges of tomorrow.
The relationships between states, international institutions, international non-governmental organisations (INGOs) and non-state operators are explored and analysed extensively.
You will take an interdisciplinary approach to your studies, integrating historical examples and theories from areas such as international relations, international political economy, sociology, psychology and history. You will explore the key sub-fields of the discipline and relevant issues, such as globalisation, human rights, humanitarian action and economic development.
Key skills, aims and objectives:
-Gain a deep analytical understanding of key sub-fields and theories of International Relations as a discipline
-Be able to identify major operators and institutions of international relations and their functions
-Gain an analytical understanding of international issues from a range of perspectives
-Evaluate decision-making processes, including moral and ethical implications
-Become familiar with foreign cultures and languages
Graduates of this programme are not limited to a single career path. The MA International Relations will prepare you for a number of careers in areas such as diplomacy, international business, economics, history, law and political science.
It will give you the necessary tools to excel in your career in the public and private sectors
The 36 credit hours required for the MA International Relations must include the following modules:
Core programme 27 credit hours
INTL 5000 Introduction to International Relations
INTL 5100 Research Methods and Perspectives
INTL 6000 International Relations: Theory and Practice OR
INTL 6250 Thesis
In addition, you will take two modules from the Comparative Politics cluster and four modules from the International Politics cluster:
Comparative Politics cluster
INTL 5050 Comparative Politics
INTL 5580 Politics of Development
INTL 5570 Comparative Foreign Policy
INTL 5600 Area Studies
INTL 5605 Topics in Comparative Politics
INTL 5625 Middle East Area Studies
INTL 5635 Western European Area Studies
INTL 5645 Asian Area Studies
INTL 5655 Africa Area Studies
INTL 5665 South and Central Asia Area Studies
INTL 5685 Latin America Area Studies
International Politics cluster
INTL 5400 International Political Economy
INTL 5510 Theories of International Relations
INTL 5530 International Law
INTL 5540 International Organisations
INTL 5550 War and Diplomacy
INTL 5560 US Foreign Policy
INTL 5700 Humanitarian Issues in International Politics
INTL 5800 Globalisation
INTL 5860 Issues in International Politics
INTL 5890 Terrorism in World Politics
Electives 9 credit hours
Three additional modules, chosen from the Comparative Politics or International Politics clusters (above) or any of the following:
INTL 5500 Professional Seminars
INTL 5610 Non-Thesis Readings/Research
INTL 5900 Advanced Research Methods
This degree is recognised by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). Students on this programme are provided with access to CMI resources during their studies, and can apply for membership to the CMI on degree completion.
This programme is accredited by Webster University, St Louis USA
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