DCU Home | Our Courses | Loop | Registry | Library | Search DCU


Module Specifications

Archived Version 2010 - 2011

Module Title Introduction to International Relations
Module Code LG117
School School of Law & Government

Online Module Resources

Module Co-ordinatorDr. Ken McDonaghOffice NumberC225
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
INACTIVE - Module Aims: To introduce students to the study of international relations. To give them an awareness of the classic theoretical debates in IR Theory. To introduce the range of issues covered in contemporary IR, governance, development, security, development, foreign policy, which will be developed in more detail in other modules

Learning Outcomes
1. Identify the main international relations theories
2. Outline the role of international institutions such as the UN, EU, and NATO
3. Distinguish between the main theories of international relations
4. Choose an appropriate theory to examine a particular issue in International Politics

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Total Workload: 0

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

What is International Relations? - Introduction to classic theories of IR

States, Systems and Society
putting theory in context

Introduction to contemporary theories of International Relations - Post Cold War Security Situation

A new world order?
Clash of Civilisations, Democratic Peace, Balance of Power or Global Hegemon

Global Governance - the UN, regional organisations and multilateralism

Intervention, Peace-keeping and peace-making

Globalisation and Nationalism
Competing Paradigms or Related?

Sovereignty, Contested States and Conflict Resolution

An introduction to foreign policy

The nature of the new world order. Is there an international society?


Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment30% Examination Weight70%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
Indicative Reading List
    Other Resources
    Programme or List of Programmes
    CCSBA in Contemporary Culture and Society
    ENGLICBA Languages for Int. Communication(Eng)
    IFCIRInt Foundation Cert (Int Relations)
    IRBA in International Relations
    Timetable this semester: Timetable for LG117