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International Relations (East Asia)

This programme provides you with the systematic knowledge and intellectual tools to critically review developments in the theory and practice of international relations. It enables you to evaluate in a sophisticated and critical fashion concepts, theories and paradigms within the broad field of international relations, drawing lessons from empirical studies involving both quantitative and qualitative investigations. You are able to develop your ability to deploy research strategies and methods in an appropriately advanced fashion to critically evaluate current research and advanced scholarship. Each study route aims to provide advanced knowledge and understanding of the dynamics, including cultural and local political and ideological factors, which shape the contemporary international relations of the area. The course also provides an opportunity for studying international relations and in comparative and historical perspective taking account of regional specific political and economic factors.

Course modules

Core Modules: International Relations Theory, Model United Nations, Research Methods and Dissertation Production, Dissertation. East Asia Route Core Module: Strategic Asia: Policy and Analysis, Regional Modules: Region, Nation and Citizen in SE Asia, Political Economy and Development in Chinese Business, Nationalism, Revolution and Reform in Contemporary China. Non-regional Modules: In previous years these have included: European Institutions and the Policy Process, The European Union as a Global Actor, German Foreign Policy, Collective Identities and Political Thought in Britain, Collective Memory and Identity in Post-War Europe, Contemporary Socio-Political Issues in Muslim Religious Thought, European Security, International Relations and Security in the Middle East, The Contemporary Politics of the Middle East, The Political Economy of Development in the Middle East, America and the World: The Making of US Foreign Policy, Human Rights, Political Ideology, Issues in the Politics of Military Occupation, Just War in Political Theory and Practice, Political Ideology, A module offered by the School of Modern Languages and Cultures.

Assessment methods

All modules have written exercise for formative assessments. Upon getting feedback on these assignments, students can meet their lecturers to discuss their marks before then eventually completing a summative assessment. Typically summative assessments are 3000 word essays but some modules may be assessed by examination. You will also produce a dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time October 2017 GBP 7,400 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2017 GBP 16,500 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Durham University DH1 3LG North East

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