Taught course

International Relations (East Asia)

Institution
Durham University · School of Government and International Affairs
Qualifications
MA

Entry requirements

2.1 or First at BA level or the international equivalent. English Language requirements Please check requirements for your subject and level of study.

Months of entry

October

Course content

This programme provides you with the systematic knowledge and intellectual tools to critically review developments in the theory and practice of international relations. It enables you to evaluate in a sophisticated and critical fashion concepts, theories and paradigms within the broad field of international relations, drawing lessons from empirical studies involving both quantitative and qualitative investigations.

Students are able to develop their ability to deploy research strategies and methods in an appropriately advanced fashion to critically evaluate current research and advanced scholarship. Each study route aims to provide advanced knowledge and understanding of the dynamics, including cultural and local political and ideological factors, which shape the contemporary international relations of the area.

The course also provides an opportunity for studying international relations and in comparative and historical perspective taking account of regional specific political and economic factors.

Course Structure

Students will take five core modules to the value of 150 credits and optional modules to the value of 30 credits, 15 of which must be from the regional module list.

Core Modules:
  • International Relations Theory
  • Model United Nations
  • Research Methods and Dissertation Production
  • Dissertation.

East Asia Route Core Module:

  • Strategic Asia: Policy and Analysis
Regional Modules:
  • Region, Nation and Citizen in SE Asia
  • Political Economy and Development in Chinese Business
  • Nationalism, Revolution and Reform in Contemporary China.
Non-regional Modules:

In previous years these have included:

  • European Institutions and the Policy Process
  • The European Union as a Global Actor
  • German Foreign Policy
  • Collective Identities and Political Thought in Britain
  • Collective Memory and Identity in Post-War Europe
  • Contemporary Socio-Political Issues in Muslim Religious Thought
  • European Security
  • International Relations and Security in the Middle East
  • The Contemporary Politics of the Middle East
  • The Political Economy of Development in the Middle East
  • America and the World: The Making of US Foreign Policy
  • Human Rights
  • Political Ideology
  • Issues in the Politics of Military Occupation
  • Just War in Political Theory and Practice
  • Political Ideology
  • A module offered by the School of Modern Languages and Cultures.

Information for international students

English Language requirements Please check requirements for your subject and level of study.

Fees and funding

UK students
7400
International students
16500

Scholarships and funding

https://www.dur.ac.uk/postgraduate/finance/funding/

Qualification and course duration

MA

full time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
School of Government and International Affairs
Email
sgia.pgadmissions@durham.ac.uk
Phone
(0)191 334 5656