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Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This module will examine the dynamics of power transitions in the international system. Many IR scholars have argued that the world is transitioning from unipolarity to a new state of greater power diffusion. This module explores different understanding of power and power transition and asks what these can tell us about the current state and future of world order. The module will explore how different states are engaging with this dynamic.

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students will: • Interpret different conceptualizations of power in IR theory • Creatively evaluate arguments about the diffusion of power in the international system • Systematically apply those theories to past and current examples of power transition • Evaluate the strategies available to rising powers during a time of power transition

Timetabled teaching activities

9 x 2-hour seminars

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
20 CATS (Module code: PO9B7-20)
A (Assessed work only) 5000 word essay 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



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