War and Peace in International Society - PO667

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
Canterbury Spring
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5 15 (7.5) DR S Molloy







The purpose of the module is to enable students to critically engage with the International Society (or “English School”) approach to International Relations. Combining political theory, IR theory, philosophy, sociology, and history this approach seeks to understand the theory and practice of international politics by reference to the historical development of relations between large scale political entities (from empires, hordes, kingdoms, to the modern nation-state and beyond) and the discourses that have emerged (Machiavellian, Grotian, Kantian) in response to the development of first European international society and eventually world society. The course focuses on the central features of international society - war and peace - as they have been conceived by the three traditions and members of the English School from Martin Wight to more contemporary figures.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

11 lectures and 11 seminars

Method of assessment

50% coursework (2,500 word essay), 50% exam (2hr)

Indicative reading

Hedley Bull, The Anarchical Society: A Study of Order in World Politics, 4th Edition (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012)
Martin Wight, Power Politics 2nd Edition, (London: Leicester University Press, 1995)
Martin Wight, International Theory: The Three Traditions (Leicester: Leicester University Press, 1991)
Adam Watson, Evolution of International Society: A Comparative Historical Analysis @nd Edition (London: Routledge, 2009)
Tim Dunne, Inventing International Society (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 1998)

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this module
- will be able to undertake analysis of complex, incomplete or contradictory areas of knowledge and make carefully constructed arguments and advocate solutions to problems
- will be reflective and self-critical in their work
- communicate ideas effectively and fluently in writing and/or in speech
- will be able to use the internet, bibliographic search engines, online resources, and effectively conduct research, drawing on both primary and secondary sources
- will be able to engage in academic and professional communication with others
- will have the independent learning ability required for further study or professional work

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