PIM95-Contemporary Strategic Studies and International Relations

Module Provider: Graduate Institute for Politics and International Studies
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Level:7
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2020/1

Module Convenor: Dr Vladimir Rauta

Email: v.rauta@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

The module explores a range of topics designed to build on and further develop students’ existing understanding of contemporary debates in Strategic Studies and International Relations.


Aims:


  • Develop knowledge of debates within Strategic Studies and International Relations about the changing nature and/or character of war and security.

  • Develop understanding of a range of theories and concepts which may inform a critical understanding of the contemporary security environment.

  • Develop students’ capacity to engage in conceptually and theoretically-informed thinking about war, security, and strategy.

  • Enable students to articulate a clear understanding of the contemporary security environment, the UK’s place within it.

  • Cultivate the critical skills, awareness, and understanding necessary to recognize, evaluate, and explain current and future developments in global security, war, and strategy.


Assessable learning outcomes:

Intended learning outcomes:



By the end of the module it is expected that students will be able to demonstrate:




  • knowledge of a range of theoretical and conceptual debates in Strategic Studies and International Relations and how they inform understanding of war, security, and strategy;

  • understanding of central features of the contemporary global security environment;

  • appreciation of a range of perspectives on the changing nature and/or character of war and security;

  • an ability to analyse, evaluate, and explain contemporary strategic developments.



Assessable learning outcomes:



The module also aims to:




  • develop students’ ability to think critically about the uses and limitations of evidence in relation to war, security, and strategy;

  • develo p an appreciation of different ways of approaching Strategic Studies and International Relations, and of their strengths and weaknesses;

  • develop the knowledge and skills required to undertake an extended research project related to war, security, and strategy in the broader context of the BSc pathway.


Additional outcomes:

Outline content:

The module explores a range of topics designed to build on and further develop students’ existing understanding of contemporary debates in Strategic Studies and International Relations.


Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

This module takes a ‘blended learning’ approach, meaning that the weekly lectures are delivered through videos and online activities via blackboard.



Students are required to:




  • work through a series of on-line teaching materials amounting to 10 hours, including slides, videos, and practical activities;

  • read extensively from the supporting literature;

  • reflect on the module content and readings individually and through contributions;

  • complete a variety of formative on-line tests and exercises that assess knowledge of the module material;

  • complete summative assignments on various aspects of the module.


Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Tutorials 10
Guided independent study:      
    Wider reading (independent) 50
    Wider reading (directed) 30
    Advance preparation for classes 30
    Preparation for seminars 20
    Essay preparation 40
    Reflection 20
       
Total hours by term 0 0
       
Total hours for module 200

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 50
Report 50

Summative assessment- Examinations:

There is no examination for this module.


Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

There are two written assignments for this module, as follows:




  • An essay of 3,500 which will account for 50% of the overall module mark.

  • A report of 2,500 words which will account for 50% of the overall module mark.


Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Assessment requirements for a pass:

50%


Reassessment arrangements:

If a student fails the year and is permitted to resit this module, coursework which already bears a confirmed mark of 50% or more will be carried forward.



Students will be requested to resubmit coursework by a stipulated deadline in August of the same year.


Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Last updated: 4 April 2020

THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS MODULE DESCRIPTION DOES NOT FORM ANY PART OF A STUDENT'S CONTRACT.

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