Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

• To develop an effective, interdisciplinary and practice-oriented critical and analytical toolbox for the study of contemporary world politics through the conceptual framework of ‘power’ and ‘resistance’ • To encourage the development of new research skills, including discourse analysis, cultural analysis, and autobiography/autoethnography • To develop a nuanced and competent conceptual understanding of various practices and sites of contemporary government, including gender, coloniality, and security. • To map out and critically engage with alternative modes of thinking and action within these forms of government. • To engage with some of the newest ‘turns’ in IR theory, their contributions and limitations • To develop students’ research, writing and communication skills

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of the module students will: • Be able to confidently use an interdisciplinary approach for studying power relations in world politics • Understand some of the most important ways in which power operates in contemporary societies • Critically assess the relative merits of various theories of power and resistance in and beyond IR • Have a rounded empirical knowledge of various issues of contemporary governance in Western societies and beyond, including gendered and racialized practices of statehood, and the politics of cultural production and representation • Have developed their research, essay writing, and communication skills

Timetabled teaching activities

1 x Lecture 1 x Seminar

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
30 CATS (Module code: PO243-30)
C (Assessed/examined work) 3000 word essay 50%
  1.5 hour examination (Summer) 50%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



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