Aston University International Relations
This specialist political course is suitable for you if you have an interest in politics and international relations, and you want to increase your understanding of national and international political phenomena.
Furthermore, this course is ideal for you if you want to improve your skills in discussing and analysing important issues in world politics.
Finally, this course is beneficial for you if you want to improve your skills in forming a political opinion and being able to communicate it effectively in a second language. The course wishes to encourage students to develop critical and evaluative thinking regarding contemporary political issues, while enriching and expanding their vocabulary and English language skills.
There are no particular entry requirements and anyone can attend this course.
This specialist course on politics and international relations will touch upon the following:
Week One – Key concepts in political theory:
pluralism, multiculturalism, democracy, freedom, justice, liberty, equality, revolution, utopia, violence, rights, and so on.
Week Two – Key issues and approaches in international relations:
- realism, liberalism, Marxism, post-colonialism, feminism, environmentalism, cosmopolitanism, and so on.
Week Three – Key ideas on political participation:
- voting, protesting, campaigning, petitioning, volunteering, participating in various organizations (i.e. political parties, trade unions, church groups, charity, community, etc.), and so on.
All Weeks (examples) – Key contemporary political and global phenomena:
- the global financial crisis, the Eurozone crisis, the Arab Spring, the Occupy Wall Street movement, the Pussy Riot arrests, energy crisis, immigration control, extreme right nationalism, and so on.
Learning & Teaching
The aim of this course is to provide a dynamic, interactive and stimulating environment for the students. As such, the methods employed will include the following:
- Lectures on theory and vocabulary
- Participatory, active and interactive exercises
- Reading articles from the press
- Watching films with political themes (once a week, last lecture of the week)
- Watching political news
- Presentations by the students
- Writing small political analyses on given and chosen topics
- Discussions and debates