Liverpool John Moores University

Liverpool John Moores University

International Relations

You will examine the central challenges of the world we live in today from contemporary and historical perspectives. This innovative MA will provide a grounding in international relations theory while examining in depth issues of enduring international significance. •Hear from experts and practitioners in the field of International Relations •If you are interested in doing an internship we can help arrange one with an appropriate organisation •Erasmus funding for European student internships •Participate in field trips to visit and understand the complex workings of institutions and think tanks in the UK and Europe •Students will be involved in organising and participating in national conference/symposia •Join a highly motivated postgraduate research community The MA International Relations is designed to help you examine the central challenges of the world we live in today in both contemporary and historical perspectives. ?The programme takes an expanded definition of what is International Relations and covers a range of subjects from economics, politics, law and culture to examining the actions of international organisations, nation-states and non-state actors. It provides you with an essential grounding in international relations theory and also provides a range of specialist modules which examine in depth issues of enduring international significance: conflict, US foreign policy, state-building in the colonial and post-colonial world, and the role of humanitarian actions by state and non-state actors. ?In addition to the cross-faculty taught aspects of the MA, this programme recognises the importance of networking by obtaining employment in a related field. This is why we will provide opportunities of an internship programme and will hold and attend regular events and workshops with experts.

Course modules

Please see guidance below on core and option modules: •?Understanding International Relations Examine key international relations theories such as liberalism and realism and how they can be used to understand the world we live in today • Research Methods Develop the key skills to formulate and carry-out a research-based project or dissertation.The module includes classes on: how to conduct interviews, research ethics, developing a research question, and how to structure your dissertation •The War-Peace Cycle Explore the interplay between two of the most important driving forces in humankind's recent history: the pursuit of war and the desire for peace. The module covers the period from the French Revolution to the present day•Research Project in International Relations The dissertation enables you to use your knowledge and skills gained during the course to produce an independent research project of 15,000 words Option modules you will study will typically include: • US Democracy Promotion in the Contemporary World Engage with current discussions of US democracy promotion, an essential tool of contemporary US foreign policy. The module critically examines the US government's use of democratisation as a stability building measure and questions whether an external actor can deliver on its promise of a consolidated democracy • Colonial and Post-Colonial State Building in the 19th to 21st centuries Examine Western statebuilding in non-western societies during the imperial, decolonisation and post-colonial neo-liberal eras. The module focuses on India, the Middle East and Africa in telling the story of Western statebuilding, and the way local societies and elites have persistently shaped and transformed supposedly universalist agendas in highly specific cultural contexts • Interpreting Conflict in Post-Colonial Africa Examine the historical, political and economic basis for episodes of mass violence and warfare in Africa from the 1950s onwards • Conflict and Warfare in International Law Explore the legal rules which govern states' recourse to the use of force against one another, as well as the body of humanitarian law which regulates the manner by which armed conflict is conducted • The United Nations International Security and Global Justice Understand the role of the United Nations in the maintenance of international peace and security. You will explore the UN's experiences in areas such as peacekeeping, military enforcement and the imposition of sanctions • EU Foreign Security and Justice Policy Consider and explore the role of the European Union as an international actor, and understand how it has performed an increased security function on the global stage • Gender Perspectives and International Law Consider various aspects of international law from perspectives that are informed by gender, using examples such as sexual violence during armed conflict to explore more theoretical debates about the role of gender in the operation of international law • Statehood, Peoples and Statelessness Explore the concept of the state and the phenomena of statelessness. You will study how states relate to their populations, and under which circumstances they dissolve • Democracy, Rights and Rule of Law Understand the theoretical aspects of human rights, and their relationship with democracy in the modern world ?Further guidance on modules Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers. Please email if you require further guidance or clarification.

Assessment methods

Teaching and assessments are designed to aid the development of your knowledge of international relations. ?Teaching will be delivered as a combination of class discussions, lectures and workshops with core academic staff and invited practitioners, experts and guest lecturers. The aim is to give you as much insight into the world of international relations as possible and this is best achieved through a mix of academic discussion and real world experiences. The aim in all the assessments is to test your understanding of international relations. We all learn in different ways, which is why assessments are a mixture of essays, presentations, exams and portfolios.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2018 GBP 14,450 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MA Full-time September 2018 GBP 5,565 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years
MA Part-time September 2018 GBP 31 per Credit (Scotland) 2 Years
MA Part-time September 2018 GBP 31 per Credit (Wales) 2 Years
MA Part-time September 2018 GBP 31 per Credit (England) 2 Years
MA Part-time September 2018 GBP 31 per Credit (Northern Ireland) 2 Years

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Liverpool John Moores University L2 2QP North West

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