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Theories in International Relations (PO9D7)

Theories in International Relations

This module provides an advanced introduction to International Relations (IR) theory; to the key ideas and approaches that scholars working in the discipline use to understand and make sense of the practices of international politics. The module aims to familiarise you with the key theoretical approaches in IR, from Realism to Postcolonialism, to make theory accessible and understandable, and to evaluate theoretical positions in the light of pressing issues in contemporary political life. IR scholars also theorise international cooperation, identity politics, global governance, ethics, and civil society. As such, IR also incorporates within its theories an understanding of the role of a range of other actors besides states including NGOs, private enterprise, and international bodies. A distinctive feature of IR at Warwick is its plurality, openness to competing worldviews, and emphasis on the relationship between theory and practice. We also have particular strengths in critical, interpretive, sociological, pragmatist, and poststructuralist perspectives.