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World Politics (LUC)

How are foreign policies made? What does the rise of China mean for international order? How is the nature of warfare changing? Are nation-states becoming irrelevant in a globalising world? What explains the rise of Islamism in the Middle East? These are some of the important questions explored by our students of the major World Politics.

Providing answers means engaging with some of the most pressing contemporary global issues, such as sovereignty, intervention, migration, culture, religion, peace, terrorism and much more. It also means understanding the roles played by the many different actors in world politics, from nation states and international organisations to individuals, NGO’s, social movements and multinational corporations.

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Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2
Introduction to International Relations and Diplomacy 5
Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies 5
Introduction to Gender Studies: Discourses, Practices and Mediations 5
Introduction to Transnational Politics 5
Birth of the Modern World 5


Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2
Gender, Media, and Conflict 5
Historical Research Methods (Semester 1) 5
Power in World Politics 5
War and Strategic Studies 5
Political Research Methods 5
Reading the 20th Century: Social Movements, Protest and Change (1968-present) 5
20th Century Diplomatic History 5
Conflict and Democracy 5
Critical Security Studies 5
Literature of War Journalism 5
Religion in World Politics 5
Anthropology of Gender and Sexuality 5
Ethics of Contemporary Warfare 5
Nations and Nationalism 5
Gender & Development 5
Theories and Concepts in International Relations 5
Thinking about Politics 5
European Integration 5
Foreign Policy and Diplomacy 5
Historical Research Methods (Semester 2) 5


Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2
History of the Middle East 5
Regional Trends: Contemporary Russian Politics and Security 5
Terrorism and Counterterrorism 5
History & Politics of Global Migration 5
Public Diplomacy 5
Regional Trends: The Rise of China 5
Systems Approaches to Conflict Analysis 5
Genocide Studies: The Causes and Prevention of Mass Atrocities 5
Multilateral Institutions 5
Politics of Memory 5
Regional Trends: Political Islam in the Middle East 5
Totalitarianism 5
Vulnerability, Gender & the Ethics of Care 5
Diplomacy of International Conflict 5
Feminist Philosophy 5
Regional Trends: Political Transitions in Africa 5
Regional Trends: The EU and Its Neighbourhood 5
Warfare in the 21st Century 5