20 Credits AUTUMN

Aims/Description: This module bridges the gap between the international political environment and domestic polity. It takes three foundational characteristics of the contemporary state - population, territory and rule - and explores each from conceptual, theoretical and historical perspectives. Its starting point is the nature of the modern state and the stresses to which it is subject that can, in certain circumstances, lead to 'failure'. Central to the module is the rarity of 'state death' and the reasons for, and the consequences of, this rarity; it also considers the emergence of sub-category of states - the failed state - and what this means for our understanding of politics.

Restrictions on availability: Restricted to students studying Single/Dual Degrees in Politics.

Staff Contact: Sarah Moga
Teaching Methods: Seminars, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work
WebCT resources are available for this module

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