20 Credits AUTUMN

Aims/Description: Rising poverty and inequality within and between states, increased droughts, flooding and environmental degradation, armed civil conflicts and war, infectious diseases, gender based violence, institutionalized racism, food insecurity are just some of the pressing problems that the world faces today.  What solutions are there?  What sources of knowledge can we draw on to develop ways forward to tackle such problems?  This module will present students with a variety of theoretical perspectives and tools, such as Postcolonialism, and Green Theory, that seek to address the various `wicked problems¿. Students will be tasked with critically evaluating different International Relations theories and their applications, assessing their utility and ability to practically solve the most pressing problems in world politics.  Global problems arguably require global solutions, and therefore global sources of knowledge. This module will also introduce students to `non-Western¿ perspectives such as `Chinese IR¿ and Ubuntu, in the process getting students to examine their `problem-solving¿ capacities.

Restrictions on availability: Restricted to Single and Dual Honours Politics degree programmes.

Staff Contact: TURTON HELEN L
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Seminars, Problem solving, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work

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Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK