Open University

Open University

Exploring the Boundaries of International Law (W821)

This course considers the complexities of international law in the 21st century by exploring the evolving role and function of international law in the modern world; students start by considering the nature and development of the principles of international law before examining the role played by international organisations and non-governmental organisations; students then focus on areas that challenge the application and effectiveness of the principles of international law such as security issues and humanitarian interventions and consider international law in its wider context; the course uses contemporary case studies to explore the boundaries of international law.

Entry requirements

To register for this course students must have an Honours degree from a UK university or equivalent; various higher education and professional qualifications are considered equivalent to an Honours degree; if the students hold a qualification that is believed to be an equivalent level to a UK Honours degree or if the student lacks formal academic qualifications and has relevant work experience, the student is advised to contact the Student Registration and Enquiry Service; the course is taught in English, and student's spoken and written English must be of an adequate standard for postgraduate study; if English is not the student's 1st language, it is recommended that the student seeks assessment under the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
Distance learning - 6 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Distance Learning

Key information

Student Registration and Enquiry Service
Telephone number: 
0845 300 6090