• At Level 2 (second year) the politics course divides into two separate modules. The first studies the HIstory of (Western) Political Thought focusing on reading the classic texts. The second is the study of International Relations and differs from previous Politics courses by focusing on the politics between states rather than within them. The Course introduces both the principal approaches to understanding international relations and the key features of contemporary international politics. Lectures in Politics 2A will cover these broad themes:
    • Classical to Renaissance Political Thought (Aristotle &  Machiavelli)
    • Early Modern English Political Thought (Hobbes & Locke)
    • Political Thought from The Enlightenment to Revolution (Rousseau & Marx)
         
  • This course introduces the study of international relations. It differs from previous Politics courses by focusing on the politics between states rather than within them. The course introduces both the principal approaches to understanding international relations and the key features of contemporary international politics. The course is taught in two sections. The first section introduces approaches to understanding international relations in historical context and the presents key concepts and theories of international relations. The second section examines important players in the international system, including international institutions (for example, United Nations), major powers (for example, the United States), as well as important non-state actors (particularly non-governmental organisations). The second section also considers pressing issues and problems in international relations, including globalisation, international development, the global environment, human rights and international security (including terrorism). The course concludes with a discussion of the future direction of international politics.