Faculty of Business and Law
MA INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
Major Organisations in the International Order
Module Leader – Graham McBeath
Tutor contact details:
Graham McBeath - 01604 892481
Glyn Daly – 01604 892545
David Waller - 01604 892096
Please note that lecturer availability changes during term time to accommodate teaching commitments. If you wish to see anyone, it is advisable to contact them by e-mail to make an individual appointment.
Administrative questions may be dealt with by the Student Help Desk. 01604 892833, firstname.lastname@example.org
This module aims to enhance the employability of students undertaking the MA in International Relations, by providing them with the necessary knowledge of international organisations required for employment in such bodies. It will explore the influences which underlay the historical development of multi-lateral agencies and trace these through to contemporary configurations of international institutional networks; examining both internal structures and external imperatives and their impacts on organisational action.
The module is taught over 12 weeks, two hours per week,
Teaching is through workshops
The general purpose of the sessions is to provide you with the basic outlines of particular issues and debates within the field and to draw your attention to questions and issues which you will pursue further in seminar discussions, reading groups and in self-guided research outside class. Seminars are there to allow you to discuss issues raised in the lectures or in your preparatory reading/research in more depth. Discussions in seminars should be student-led, with the tutor acting mainly as a facilitator. How much you get out of seminars depends very much on your preparation and willingness to enter into discussion with your colleagues.
While lectures and seminars are essential elements of the module, your success will depend largely on how much reading and research you do around the subject. You should allow around two to three hours per week for self-directed study, in addition to the two hours per week in class for this module. In order to become an efficient researcher, it is important that you familiarise yourself with the services and facilities offered by the library, especially the availability of electronic and on-line sources as well as the short-loan section.
Tutorials may be arranged during office hours or at other times by mutual agreement.
Students who repeatedly miss sessions without having or offering a valid reason, may be reported as a 'cause for concern' to the Student Administration Team.
Course Texts & Recommended
There is no one text for this
module and students are expected to consult a variety of secondary sources in
the preparation for written work. The reading list may be found on
The assessment for this module consists of two 2,500-word cases studies; weighted at 50% each of the module total. The first should be a critical assessment of at least one international institution and should cover such aspects as the organisational mission statement and philosophy as well as critiquing these. The second case study should be an evaluation of a major international policy area and examine the competing philosophies of the varying institutions which operate in the chosen field.
Referral / Deferral deadline
2,500-word case study
2,500-word case study
17 May 2019
All coursework must use the Harvard Referencing System, which can be found on the university website.
written assessments should be submitted electronically through Turnitin,
which can be found in the Submit Your Work section of the module on
Extensions can ONLY be given by the Module Leader.
Extensions requests should preferably be received in advance of the submission date, however, where that is not possible, they must be received no later than three days after the deadline in order to be considered.
If permitted, the Module Leader will set a new date of up to, at most, two weeks later than the original deadline; thus giving a further period to complete the work. No further extension is permitted, but the one-week safety net (see below) applies to the new date.
If their difficulty needs a long extension, students may defer their coursework by applying for Mitigating Circumstances, the form for which may be found online. Students should apprise the Module Leader should they choose to make such an application.
Assessments submitted after the deadline, where an extension has not been agreed, are subject to the following penalties:
· Submitted within one week of the deadline – maximum grade of C-
· Submitted later than one week of the deadline – referred (i.e., ‘failed’).
N.B., The one-week grace, within which a student may submit for a bare pass (C-), applies to the first deadline only, NOT to the refer/defer deadline.
Referred assessments are those where a student is permitted to retake assessment for the module as a second attempt following initial failure (F+ or below); whether because of a failure to submit, submission more than one week after the deadline or failure to achieve a pass on submitted work.
An alternative assessment will be given with new deadlines (see above), but only a maximum grade of C- may be attained. Extensions may be granted to referred assessments (based on the usual extension rules, see above); but late submission without extensions of referred assessments will be graded G.
N.B., No extensions may be given for the August deadline.
N.B., No extensions may be given for deferred assessments.Return of Assignments
Assignments, where possible,
will marked within three working weeks of the
hand-in date. You will receive your grade and a short commentary on what you
have written. Detailed information about the criteria on which assessment is
made and the levels of competence expected within the various grade boundaries
can be found in the
If you wish to discuss your coursework mark in more detail, please make an appointment with the Module Co-ordinator for an individual tutorial. If you wish help or guidance when preparing assignments, you may also arrange a tutorial with the Module Co-ordinator.