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MA International Relations


Course Description

OVERVIEW

The International Relations MA degree investigates themes as varied as the evolution of the discipline, globalisation, international law, diplomacy, war and peace.

The course has been designed to enable newcomers to engage readily with the subject, whilst offering those who already have a background in international relations an opportunity to deepen their exploration of its scope and complexities.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

The MA International Relations is divided into four routes:

Diplomacy
African Governance and Security
Oil and Gas Security
International Law
There are two further compulsory short topics that ensure that you develop the skills required for academic study and research at postgraduate level.

You will also take two other mandatory subjects related to your chosen route and two other topics from a choice of six options. To gain the Masters qualification, you must complete an extended dissertation examining an area of the course that particularly interests you, based on research undertaken with the support of a dedicated supervisor.

Diplomacy route

Those choosing this route will have an interest in the nature of the world in which we live, the problems it confronts and finding solutions to those problems without resorting to force. World politics is experiencing rapid and far reaching changes and transnational challenges, such as those presented by climate change for example, demand innovative diplomatic solutions.

The route includes the following mandatory topics:

Theories in International Relations
Diplomacy and the International System
International Law in the Contemporary World Arena
In addition you will study two further subjects. Optional topics typically include:

International Relations of Apartheid
Law of Diplomatic Relations
Governance for Security in the Developing World
Post-colonial African Politics
Foreign and Security Policy Formulation (Field Trip)
Community Action (Work Experience)
African Governance and Security route

This route offers the chance to engage with a continent of rising strategic importance in the international system. This pathway critically explores the two key challenges facing Africa today: governance and security. While not shirking Africa’s problems - the route equally emphasises the opportunities opening on a continent currently the target of a ‘new scramble’ by investors not only from America and the former colonial powers, but increasingly from emerging powers such as China and India.

The subjects offered draw upon the wide-ranging expertise of Coventry University’s respected African Studies Centre, as well as the insight and knowledge of visiting senior African practitioners from the political, security and business sectors. You will have the opportunity to undertake a study trip to Africa and to compete for post-award placements and internships.

The route includes the following mandatory topics:

Theories in International Relations
Governance for Security in the Developing World
Post-colonial African Politics
In addition you will study two further subjects. Optional topics typically include:

International Relations of Apartheid
African Governance and Human Development
Human Trafficking
Diplomacy in the International System
Foreign and Security Policy Formulation (Field Trip)
Community Action (Work Experience)
Oil and Gas Security route

Access to secure sources of energy is a vital requirement for governments and ensuring that access is a key goal for policy formulators. How governments secure access to oil and gas using both the diplomacy of soft power and the coercion of hard power is a core issue in contemporary international relations.

At the same time, the size and transnational reach of the major companies involved in oil and gas exploitation poses questions about the relevance of the state in the current international system. The route examines the theoretical concerns of IR in the context of the practical realities of the oil and gas sector in the areas of geo-political competition, environmental impact and the future of the industry.

The route includes the following mandatory topics:

Theories in International Relations
Impacts of Oil in the Developing World
The Future of Oil and Gas
In addition you will study two further subjects. Optional topics typically include:

Governance for Security in the Developing World
Post-Colonial African Politics
International Terrorism
Diplomacy in the International System
Foreign and Security Policy Formulation (Field Trip)
Community Action (Work Experience)
International Law route

This route critically examines the viability, vitality and validity of international law in regulating the international system, investigating why states usually concur with the stipulations of international and scrutinising the role of legal restraint in the protection of human rights.

With a foundation in IR theory and practice, the route draws on expertise from the Coventry Law School to explore the relationship between IR and International Law, considering in detail the complexities of finding concrete remedies to transnational threats such as climate change and human trafficking in a cautious climate marked by national self-interest.

The route is of particular value to those who want to study law at postgraduate level but who do not have a first degree in the subject, as well as those with an interest in the theoretical and practical aspects of making International Law work in the contemporary international system.

The route includes the following mandatory topics:

Theories in International Relations
Diplomacy and the International System
International Law in the Contemporary World Arena
In addition you will study two further subjects. Optional topics typically include:

Environmental Law
Law of Diplomatic Relations
Gender and Human Rights
Human Trafficking
Foreign and Security Policy Formulation (Field Trip)
Community Action (Work Experience)

Visit the MA International Relations page on the Coventry University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Successful applicants must normally hold a second class honours degree in a relevant discipline. Applicants who can demonstrate considerable experience at an appropriate professional level but who do not have the formal academic entry qualifications may also be admitted, subject to an application and assessment

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