Evaluation: Is a written exercise which will access the work and effectiveness of one of the UN's specialized (or "functional" agencies). This module will explore the following key areas: This module will introduce you to the political science of human rights.
You will be encouraged to engage with the concepts, theories, and methods that have been used to study human rights.
The global political environment is then examined and its characteristics as a 'system' explored.
Attention then focuses on the competing perspectives - or 'paradigms' - of international relations, the general 'models' of interaction which set out to illustrate the 'driving forces' of international relations.
The aims of this module are: The module is divided into two sections.
The first of these is concerned with theoretical and conceptual aspects of international relations.
Although the primary focus is on the Republic of Ireland, students are also introduced to recent academic discussions of the conflict in Northern Ireland, both in order to understand the internal dynamics of that conflict and to understand how Northern Ireland has featured as a key issue in the politics of the Republic.
The module covers the following areas: There will be 14 one-hour lectures, and 8 one-hour seminars.
These are: The second section then explores the 'processes' of international relations - both co-operative and conflictual (diplomacy; international law; international organization; economic conflict; terrorism; war etc).
This module is designed to introduce students to the structures and processes which characterise relationships in the contemporary international system, and to place these structures and processes in their historical context.