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It starts with the classical and mainstream approaches before considering a range of historical, sociological, feminist and postcolonial alternatives.
On this module, you will also examine a range of important issues in contemporary international politics, and in doing so consider the future of the study of international relations in the context of profoundly important patterns of global change. The international system, states, and human lives are all shaped by the politics of contemporary global security. Since the end of the Cold War and its focus on superpower conflict, the subject of security has been challenged and broadened to incorporate issues such as the environment, health and economic in security.
This module introduces you to two of the most central debates in post-Cold War Security studies. Firstly, what is security? Secondly, how do we know what security is not? It introduces state-of-the-art theoretical debates in security studies to help you to critically analyse and make sense of contemporary global security politics. You will then explore key contemporary themes and issues on global conflict and security, while continuing to develop your conceptual and theoretical grounding.
This module therefore examines a wide range of contemporary global security challenges from theoretically and historically informed perspectives. The first part provides an understanding of key moments, processes, actors and practices in the emergence of the modern system of sovereign states. Health is a hugely political issue.
Global, national and local politics play a big part in determining how long and how healthy our lives are, and how likely we are able to get the care and medicines we need when we do fall ill. Situated within contemporary approaches to international relations and international political economy, this module will introduce you to the global politics of health, addressing health as both a global issue, and also as a quintessentially political one.
We look at how health is currently 'globally governed', the different ways in which we interpret and intervene in health around the world for example, through international development assistance or humanitarian aid efforts , and some of the key contemporary global health challenges. The module has a strong policy focus in which students are encouraged to critically engage with current policy approaches to tackling global health problems, and to develop their own ideas and policy recommendations.
This module will introduce you to the politics of civil war—the dominant form of armed conflict today. The second part will focus on structural determinants of the cross-national and sub-national variation in civil wars. Through this multi-level approach, you will acquire an advanced conceptual and theoretical understanding of civil war as an international political phenomenon. More specifically the module will help you to explain explain dominant trends in contemporary armed conflict; examine civil wars in the context of global and domestic politics; understand a range of political, social, and economic motivations and recruitment strategies behind individual mobilization to fight; and analyse key issues in ongoing civil wars and challenges in international responses to armed conflict.
What is the difference between 'terrorism', 'war', and 'political violence'? And in what ways do these categories express historical and political relations of power?
M.A. Global Political Economy and Development
Moving beyond a narrow understanding of terrorism as limited to sub-state violence, we will study the state as a perpetrator of political violence, both at home and abroad. Further topics include the role of gender, sexuality, and race in producing images of the terrorist, and the role of social media in terrorism and counter-terrorism.
Policy makers around the world play an essential role in translating political ideas into practice. Whether formulating new ideas, implementing policy pledges or reviewing existing practices, the activities of the policy-process are vital to realising change. The module encourages a comparative approach in order to provide insights into the theory and practice of governance and public policy.
You will be encouraged to reflect on how you interpret and define political events. Given the multiple risks and crises with which they must deal, how can policymakers design effective policy, learn from mistakes and deal with unexpected events? What tools can they employ to do so and how can we evaluate their success or failure? This module will provide you with a theoretically informed, but practice-focused approach to these questions. You will gain a range of practical skills through innovative group projects and visiting speakers from the policy world. The module is divided into two main parts.
In the first part, we consider some of the choices that policymakers make when designing policy. These include the costs and benefits of delegation, the 'added-value' of working with experts, the role of the private sector and the challenge of engaging with the public.
These choices are set in the wider political context, and we consider issues such as electoral pressures and ideology. The second part of the module focuses on the challenges that policymakers are often required to address. We consider the difficulties associated with monitoring performance and learning from policy failure, the constraints of austerity, the spotlight of media scrutiny and the intense pressure that comes from external shocks and crises.
Political systems around the world strive to be democratic, but what is meant by democracy and how this can be achieved? This module considers the nature of the democratic crisis faced by countries around the world and maps the latest innovations designed to address this challenge. You will study tensions between new and old democratic arenas and consider the indicators of a thriving democracy.
The module is grounded in the tradition of engaged scholarship and uses real world examples and solution-focused analysis.
Dr Andrew Walter
The module consists of a weekly seminar, followed by a weekly workshop. The workshop will see students set a real world problem which applies the knowledge covered in seminars and independent reading. By studying the theory and practice of democratic innovation in this dynamic manner, you will in turn develop keen professional and research skills.
The European Union is the most highly developed international organization in terms of its powers and policy responsibilities. It is also an important level of governance for its member states and a major economic and political actor internationally. This module is designed to enable you explore how governance and the policy processes of the EU work. The initial focus is on the patterns of governance in the EU: the roles of institutions and other actors, the policy instruments available and the different phases of the policy process: from agenda-setting through formulation, the legislative process to implementation.
You will explore who holds power in the EU at different stages and in different scenarios. The module then explores the dynamics of different EU policy areas. You will explore key policy areas such as monetary union, the single market and foreign policy. You will also be able to consider the challenges associated with the EU crisis Eurozone, migration and Brexit.
A public policy focus is at the core of the module but you are encouraged to use a range of theoretical positions: from international relations, comparative politics, political economy and critical approaches. Student choice is facilitated by a free choice of topic for the second essay, which can be on any topic related to the syllabus.
There has been a dramatic rise in political interest in wellbeing over the past decade. Politicians and policy-makers in a range of contexts — national and international — have moved towards embracing wellbeing as a more comprehensive, inclusive and appropriate goal of public policy than the traditionally narrow focus on indicators of economic prosperity. This has led to the development of wellbeing frameworks that embrace indicators of subjective wellbeing e.
For some these developments have the potential to transform aspects of politics and policy in the long term. This module explores conceptual, empirical and policy-related aspects of wellbeing. You will examine competing definitions, understandings and measurements of wellbeing and related concepts such as quality of life and happiness. In doing so, you will acquire a clear understanding of how and why wellbeing has risen up political agendas, the significance of developments in policy to date and the potential for wellbeing as a political idea and guide to policy.
Freedom is one of the most important political values, if not the most important one of all. This module investigates the political value of freedom via an engagement with the literature in contemporary political theory. In doing so, it seeks to develop answers to complex, challenging and contested questions. Do freedom and equality conflict? What is the relationship between freedom and security?
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