INAF07002 2016 International Affairs

General Details

Full Title
International Affairs
Transcript Title
International Affairs
Code
INAF07002
Attendance
N/A %
Subject Area
INAF - International Affairs
Department
MRKT - Marketing, Tourism and Leisure
Level
07 - NFQ Level 7
Credit
05 - 05 Credits
Duration
Semester
Fee
Start Term
2016 - Full Academic Year 2016-17
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Author(s)
Joan Morrison
Programme Membership
SG_BADMN_J07 201600 Bachelor of Business in Business Administration L7 SG_BADMN_B07 201600 Bachelor of Business in Business Administration L7 SG_BADDO_J07 201600 Bachelor of Business SG_BBUSS_B07 201600 Bachelor of Business in Business L7 SG_B(ADD_J07 201600 Bachelor of Business in (Add On) L7 SG_BINTR_J07 201900 Bachelor of Business in Business in International Marketing Erasmus SG_BADMN_B07 201900 Bachelor of Business in Business Administration L7 SG_BBUSS_B07 201900 Bachelor of Business in Business L7
Description

International Affairs provides students with a perspective on the social, political and governmental environments within which they will work in the international marketing arena. Students will become familiar with the basics  of both the theory and practice of international relations. Contemporary international issues will feature prominently in the content of lectures and tutorials. A problem based exercise around negotiations in a simulated meeting of the UN security council or relevant committee gives students the opportunity to defend a brief as they represent a country on the global stage

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;

1.

Describe and appraise key theories of international relations.

2.

Integrate the concepts and theories of world politics in an analysis of contemporary international issues

3.

Make connections between the world of international politics and the demands of working in an international environment.

4.

Explore the role of the United Nations and the tensions between 'sovereignty' and 'international justice'

5.

Source, interpret and evaluate relevant information on the key topics

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Weekly Lectures, small self-select project groups, a cultural Study Trip and a Simulation UN Security Council meeting are the key elements of the Teaching and Learning Strategy for this module. Guest specialist lecturers will also inform student learning on this course.

Module Assessment Strategies

1. Formal 'debate and discussion in a tutorial structure
2. Simulation meeting of a UN Committee/ Security Council and defence of a given brief
3. Moodle Quizzes for ongoing formative assessment
4. Written Assignment

Repeat Assessments

Repeat Project and Repeat Exam as appropriate

Indicative Syllabus

Theories of World politics - explore key theories, e.g. realism, liberalism, marxism, social constructivism
Structures and processes - trans-national actors and international organisations in global politics
International Issues: nationalism, human rights, environmental issues, poverty, development and hunger, security, terrorism

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
50 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
50 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Formative and Summative Assessment Debate and Feedback Continuous Assessment Assignment 20 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5
2 Simulation Meeting Continuous Assessment Assessment 30 % Week 9
             

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Final Exam Final Exam Closed Book Exam 50 % End of Term 1,2,3,4,5
             
             

Full Time Mode Workload


Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Lecture Theatre Lecture 1 Weekly 1.00
Lecture Lecture Theatre Lecture 1 Weekly 1.00
Lecture Flat Classroom Lecture - Debate 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Reading, essay work 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2014-02-19 The Globalization of World Politics: An Introduction to International Relations Oxford University Press
ISBN 0199656177 ISBN-13 9780199656172

Working from a unique non-U.S. perspective, this market-leading text provides a coherent, accessible, and engaging introduction to the globalization of world politics. Now in its sixth edition, The Globalization of World Politics has been fully revised and updated in light of recent developments in world politics.

FEATURES

* Presents contributions from an impressive line-up of international experts, each of whom provides accessible but stimulating insights into history, theory, structures, processes, and other key issues in the field

* Offers a visually appealing full-color interior

* Provides a strong pedagogical program that includes numerous boxes, figures, tables, maps, questions, lively examples, and case studies

Recommended Reading
2013-10-01 The Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) Oxford University Press
ISBN 0199603936 ISBN-13 9780199603930

The conflict between Palestine and Israel is one of the most highly publicized and bitter struggles of modern times, a dangerous tinderbox always poised to set the Middle East aflame--and to draw the United States into the fire. In this accessible and stimulating Very Short Introduction, Martin Bunton illuminates the history of the problem, reducing it to its very essence. Adopting a fresh and original approach, Bunton explores the Palestinian-Israeli dispute in twenty-year segments, to highlight the historical complexity of the conflict throughout successive decades. Each chapter starts with an examination of the relationships among people and events that marked particular years as historical stepping stones in the evolution of the conflict, including the 1897 Basle Congress, the 1917 Balfour Declaration and British occupation of Palestine, and the 1947 UN Partition Plan and the war for Palestine.

Providing a clear and fair exploration of the main issues, Bunton explores not only the historical basis of the conflict, but also looks at how and why partition has been so difficult and how efforts to restore peace continue today.

About the Series:

Oxford's Very Short Introductions series offers concise and original introductions to a wide range of subjects--from Islam to Sociology, Politics to Classics, Literary Theory to History, and Archaeology to the Bible. Not simply a textbook of definitions, each volume in this series provides trenchant and provocative--yet always balanced and complete--discussions of the central issues in a given discipline or field. Every Very Short Introduction gives a readable evolution of the subject in question, demonstrating how the subject has developed and how it has influenced society. Eventually, the series will encompass every major academic discipline, offering all students an accessible and abundant reference library. Whatever the area of study that one deems important or appealing, whatever the topic that fascinates the general reader, the Very Short Introductions series has a handy and affordable guide that will likely prove indispensable.

Recommended Reading
2011-09-09 The Idea of Human Rights Oxford University Press
ISBN 0199604371 ISBN-13 9780199604371

The international doctrine of human rights is one of the most ambitious parts of the settlement of World War II. Since then, the language of human rights has become the common language of social criticism in global political life. This book is a theoretical examination of the central idea of that language, the idea of a human right. In contrast to more conventional philosophical studies, Charles Beitz takes a practical approach, looking at the history and political practice of human rights for guidance in understanding the central idea. Betiz presents a model of human rights as matters of international concern whose violation by governments can justify international protective and restorative action ranging from intervention to assistance. He proposes a schema for justifying human rights and applies it to several controversial cases--rights against poverty, rights to democracy, and the human rights of women.

Throughout, The Idea of Human Rights attends to some main reasons why people are skeptical about human rights, including the fear that human rights will be used by strong powers to advance their national interests. The book concludes by observing that contemporary human rights practice is vulnerable to several pathologies and argues the need for international collaboration to avoid them.

Recommended Reading
2016-05-05 International Relations of the Middle East Oxford University Press
ISBN 0198708742 ISBN-13 9780198708742

The most authoritative, comprehensive, and balanced overview of international relations in the Middle East, this respected textbook helps students get to grips with this fascinating and challenging subject area. A team of expert scholars combines a history of the region with analysis of key themes, actors, and conflicts, using a range of learning features and online resources to support student learning. Offering a wide range of perspectives, this book exposes students to different approaches to the subject, and encourages them to think critically in order to draw their own conclusions. The text features a range of case studies and 'micro-cases' throughout, demonstrating the relevance of international relations theory in the contemporary Middle East, and helping students to apply their learning to real world situations. The fourth edition features a new chapter on the Arab Spring, highlighting this significant development in contemporary Middle Eastern international relations, and an expanded discussion of rising powers in the region, such as Russia and China. The text is supported by an Online Resource Centre to help students take their learning further. For students - Expand your knowledge with an interactive map of the Middle East that provides key information about each state. - Build on the themes covered in each chapter with extended chapter exercises. - Revise key dates and developments with an interactive timeline. - Take your learning further by using web links as a starting point for further reading. For registered lecturers - Use adaptable PowerPoint slides as the basis for lecture presentations or as hand-outs in class.

Recommended Reading
2016-05-05 International Relations of the Middle East Oxford University Press
ISBN 0198708742 ISBN-13 9780198708742

The most authoritative, comprehensive, and balanced overview of international relations in the Middle East, this respected textbook helps students get to grips with this fascinating and challenging subject area. A team of expert scholars combines a history of the region with analysis of key themes, actors, and conflicts, using a range of learning features and online resources to support student learning. Offering a wide range of perspectives, this book exposes students to different approaches to the subject, and encourages them to think critically in order to draw their own conclusions. The text features a range of case studies and 'micro-cases' throughout, demonstrating the relevance of international relations theory in the contemporary Middle East, and helping students to apply their learning to real world situations. The fourth edition features a new chapter on the Arab Spring, highlighting this significant development in contemporary Middle Eastern international relations, and an expanded discussion of rising powers in the region, such as Russia and China. The text is supported by an Online Resource Centre to help students take their learning further. For students - Expand your knowledge with an interactive map of the Middle East that provides key information about each state. - Build on the themes covered in each chapter with extended chapter exercises. - Revise key dates and developments with an interactive timeline. - Take your learning further by using web links as a starting point for further reading. For registered lecturers - Use adaptable PowerPoint slides as the basis for lecture presentations or as hand-outs in class.

Recommended Reading
2016-07-01 BRICS: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) Oxford University Press
ISBN 0198723393 ISBN-13 9780198723394

In the wake of the post-Cold War era, the aftermath of 9/11, the 2008 global financial crisis, and the emergence of the G20 at the leaders level, few commentators expected a reshaping of the global system towards multipolarity, and away from the United States. And yet, the BRICS - encompassing Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa - has emerged as a challenge to the international status quo. But what is its capacity as a transformative force? And can it provide a significant counter-narrative to the Western dominated global order?

In this Very Short Introduction Andrew Cooper explores the emergence of the BRICS as a concept. Drawing on historical precedent, Cooper provides a contemporary analysis of the BRICS' practice and influence as as a forum and a lobby group in advancing a distinctive but amorphous agenda amongst global politics.

ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

Recommended Reading
2013-11-02 International Organization and Global Governance Routledge
ISBN 0415627605 ISBN-13 9780415627603

Featuring a diverse and impressive array of authors, this volume is the most comprehensive textbook available for all interested in international organization and global governance. Organized around a concern with how the world is and could be governed, the book offers:

  • in-depth and accessible coverage of the history and theories of international organization and global governance;
  • discussions of the full range of state, intergovernmental, and nonstate actors; and
  • examinations of key issues in all aspects of contemporary global governance.

The books 50 chapters are arranged into 7 parts and woven together by a comprehensive introduction to the field, separate section introductions designed to guide students and faculty, and helpful pointers to further reading. International Organization and Global Governance is a self-contained resource enabling readers to better comprehend the role of myriad actors in the governance of global life as well as to assemble the many pieces of the contemporary global governance puzzle.

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Core Text:
John Baylis, 2014 The Globalization of World Politics: An Introduction to International Relations Oxford University Press

Recommended Texts:
Martin Bunton, 2013 The Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) Oxford University Press
J Young and J Kent International Relations since 1945: a global history 2nd ed (Oxford University Press, 2013)
The United Nations and Changing World Politics By Thomas G. Weiss; David P. Forsythe; Roger A. Coate; Kelly-Kate PeaseWestview Press, 2014 (7th edition)
Brown and Ainley, (2009)Understanding International Relations 4th ed Palgrave Macmillan,
Lobell and Mauceri,(2004) Ethnic Conflict and International Politics Explaining Diffusion and Escalation  Palgrave Macmillan 2004
Amin Saikal, (2003)  Islam and the West Conflict or Cooperation?    Palgrave Macmillan,
William R. Keylor (2008) A World of Nations  The International Order Since 1945 2nd ed Oxford University Press Weiss,

URL Resources

Online Resource Centre for Core Text: www.oxfordtextbooks.co.uk/orc/baylis6e
Some useful sites: http://www.e-ir.info/; http://www2.etown.edu/vl/; www.people.virginia.edu/~rjb3v/rjb.html (foreign affairs online); www.ipu.org/english/home.htm (inter-parliamentary union);https://www.oxan.com/ (Oxford Analytica); http://www.un.org/ (United Nations) http://www.unfoundation.org/

Other Resources

Microphones in a meeting room setting for the simulation games

Additional Information

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