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Minor in Global Politics

Minor in Global Politics

US Credits

UK Credits

TWO of the following: 6 24
  • INR 3100 World Politics

    This course engages students with world politics with an emphasis on understanding the possibility of and mechanisms for international cooperation in the contemporary international system. We look at inter-state cooperation in the form of treaties, diplomacy, norms and institutions (such as the UN), as well as informal modes of cooperation. We then turn to non-state actors such as companies, charities, NGOs, social movements and individuals and address their impact on cooperation and conflict in world politics. Finally, the course looks at the rise of 鈥楪reat Powers鈥, reflecting on the costs and benefits of strategies of conflict or cooperation in response to changes in the hierarchies of world politics.

3 12
  • INR 4100 Introduction to International Relations

    This course is a broad introductory survey of international relations. It acquaints students with the fundamental concepts and theories used in the discipline that help us make sense of our political world, and are crucial for further analysis of the field. The course gives students a taste of the theoretical debates and practical dynamics of global politics. It further examines some of the major challenges that humanity faces in the 21st century. Students get a chance to learn about and take part in the major debates of the discipline, for example concerning actors in the international system, the sources of insecurity, the relevance of economics to international politics, the importance of fighting poverty and underdevelopment, questions about how best to address environmental challenges, whether the state is still important and if globalization is a phenomena of the 20th century.

3 12
  • INR 4101 Global Politics in the 21st Century

    This course addresses some of the most pressing contemporary challenges in global politics. It begins by examining major changes and trends in the actors, dynamics, motivations and interests that dominate international politics in the 21st century, and the unique impact of globalization and other contemporary global dynamics on these changes. Questions are asked about what the key issues in the contemporary study of International Relations should be in light of approaches to IR. In response, we consider the proliferation and impact of non-state actors, from global civil society, to terrorist organizations, to for-profit corporations, to Private Military and Security Companies (PMSCs). We explore a range of global challenges, from transnational terrorism to migration, climate change and pandemics, disinformation and cyber-attacks and Weapons of Mass Destruction, and learn about the various responses of states and institutions, and their shortcomings.

3 12
plus FOUR of the following: Minimum of 12 Minimum of 24
  • INR 5102 Global Development Politics

    Examines the global politics of development and of developing states. The course will consider development theory, strategies and methods, and provide an overview of global development politics in practice though a range of case studies. Contemporary development debates are addressed, particularly issues of gender and development, and the impact of the changing global division of labour on developing states.

3 12
  • INR 5104 Globalization and Anti-Globalization

    This interdisciplinary course addresses the vitally important and complex phenomenon of contemporary globalization, and the ongoing backlash against it from both left (counter-globalization or alt-globalization) and right (anti-globalization). The concept of globalization and the history of this phenomenon are interrogated. Political, social, economic and cultural aspects of globalization are discussed, and core themes of globalization debates are addressed, such as convergence, nationalism, and inequality. A range of global actors, agents and institutions are critically engaged with.

3 12
  • INR 5103 Global Energy Politics

    Examines some of the contemporary geo-political, economic, technical, governance and environmental issue surrounding global energy issues. We look at supply and demand tensions, transit and pipeline issues, infrastructure problems, private companies and state monopolies, deregulation and markets, innovation policy, energy and development, international cooperation, environmental stress, energy poverty, and energy futures, as well as the impact of energy on the livelihoods of the urban and rural poor.

3 12
  • PLT 5103 Politics of Environmentalism

    Examines the political, economic, ideological, and social dilemmas associated with environmental issues. The first section of the course addresses the historical roots of environmentalism, its key concepts, and a range of key thinkers and paradigms for understanding environmentalism as an ideology. The second section of the course explores the role of key actors engaged in environmental policy making, and important issues in contemporary environmental politics. Topics addressed include environmental movements and parties, global environmental regimes, the impact of the media on environmental issues, and prospects for green technologies and employment.

3 12
  • INR 6103 Diplomatic Studies

    This course offers an overview of the history and practice of contemporary diplomacy. It begins with analysis of what a modern diplomat currently does, both at home and abroad, set within the context of diplomatic history and theory. The normal practice of diplomacy and the various techniques of international negotiation will be addressed by using both historical and contemporary examples. It will familiarize students with the activities of a modern diplomat within a wider historical and theoretical context.

4 16
  • PLT 6102 Policy-Making in a Globalized World

    This course investigates the process of policy-making in modern states. It explores the role of ideas and institutions in policy-making, how in the new globalized world governments 鈥渋mport鈥 and 鈥渂orrow鈥 policy ideas from each other, while analyzing how the different actors (i.e. states, bureaucrats, think-tanks, policy-networks, lobby groups, global civil society, and citizens) participate and influence the policy-making process. Through active learning activities (such as mapping the agenda-setting of ideas, identifying policy networks, advising a President) students will understand the complexities of policy-making and the challenges that the modern state faces in the era of globalization.

4 16
  • PLT 6104 Sustainable Development

    This course introduces students to the process of development project evaluation, in the context of the theory and practice of sustainable development. The course enables students to focus on the political, social and economic complexity of managing a specific sustainable development in the developing world. Methods of evaluation are explored, decided upon and utilised in the production of a Project Evaluation Document (PED) for a sustainable development project of choice. Issues such as livelihoods, gender, environmental impact, measurement, participation and consultation processes are raised, though the context varies across urban/rural and blue-green-brown issues depending on the specific project chosen for evaluation.

4 16
  • PLT 6105 The European Union

    This course analyses the historical evolution of the European Union from its inception until the current times. The course also examines the nature of the EU, the role of its institutions, the impact of European common policies like the Single Market, the monetary union and Foreign and Security Policy. The course then addresses the governance challenges the EU faces, namely the rise of Euroscepticism, the management of the Eurozone and migratory pressures from outside the EU.

4 16
Minor Requirements 18 36