The Masters in International Relations and Democratic Politics provides an advanced critical and comprehensive understanding of the forces shaping state, inter-state relations and global politics. Drawing on key theoretical interpretations of democratic politics, the course probes into various tenets of democratic thinking (ranging from pluralism and civil society to egalitarianism and human rights), and explores the interplay between theory and practice in old and new democracies and in processes of global governance. Is democracy a concept limited to a world of territorially-bounded national communities? Can democracy still limit power in a global world? How does democratic policy making operate in the face of complexity? By raising and examining such questions the course explores the changing and contested understandings of democracy in contemporary thought as well as its application to the international sphere in our increasingly complex world.
The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.
Core modules -DEMOCRATIC POLITICS: KEY DEBATES AND ISSUES -DISSERTATION AND RESEARCH METHODS -THE POLITICS OF GLOBAL COMPLEXITY: RETHINKING GOVERNANCE, POWER AND AGENCY
Option modules - You must choose four option modules from the following list (one of your options may be an approved free choice module hosted by another Masters course): -CONTROVERSIES IN UNITED STATES FOREIGN POLICIES AND PROCESSES -DEVELOPMENT THEORIES, POLICIES AND PRACTICES -GLOBAL CHANGE: TOWARD A NEW NON-WESTERN ORDER? -GLOBAL POLITICS OF ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE (Subject to approval) -GLOBALISATION, DEMOCRATISATION AND POST-AUTHORITARIAN TRANSITION -GOVERNANCE OF THE EUROPEAN UNION -ISLAM AND POLITICS IN THE MIDDLE EAST -POLICY, GOVERNANCE AND DEMOCRACY: INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES -POSTCOLONIAL INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS: THEORIES AND CONCEPTS -REGIONAL DIMENSIONS OF ENERGY SECURITY (Subject to approval) -THE EUROPEAN UNION AS AN INTERNATIONAL ACTOR -THE STATE, POLITICS AND VIOLENCE
This course will provide you with numerous key skills and knowledge that will prepare you for your future career in a variety of different fields. Our graduates hold posts within various international and national government departments and organisations. Many have also gone on to study for Doctorates within the Department and at other universities around the world.
You should have a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours degree or equivalent in Social Sciences or Humanities; equivalent qualifications from overseas are welcome. Your application must be supported by a reference written on institutional notepaper by an academic familiar with your abilities. Applications from mature candidates are welcomed. If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS overall score of 6.5 and 6.0 in Writing, Listening, Reading and Speaking or equivalent.
Recipient: University of Westminster
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