1. Statement on Learning, Assessment and Feedback: Principles and Practices
A. BSc and MSc Dissertations
B. BSc and MSc Marking Criteria
C. Classification Schemes for BSc and MSc programmes
D. Guidelines for Oral Presentations
E. Guidelines for Writing Essays and Notes
F. Tackling the Unseen Exam Paper: some do’s and don’ts
G. Rules for Assessed Coursework, including Plagiarism
The aims of this short course are two-fold. First, to enable you to reflect on and share ideas with other students about why you chose to study international relations and what it means to study international relations. Second, to acquire and develop the key skills you need to study international relations, including analytical skills, communications skills (verbal and written), problem solving skills and team working skills. Students will work together in small groups on the skills required for reading and taking notes; conducting research; writing essays and exams; and succeeding as an IR scholar.
The course examines the role of power and politics in international economic relations. Besides international structural factors, it emphasises the role of domestic political interests and their influence over foreign economic policies. Major approaches covered include historical views on international political economy, and contemporary systemic theories of international cooperation, interest groups politics. ideas and institutions. The course provides an overview and explanation of the international monetary and trade systems since 1944. It also discusses current debates on trade, monetary policy, the political roots of financial crises, globalisation and the retreat of the state, and environmental protection.
For more information see the course guide: http://www.lse.ac.uk/resources/calendar/courseGuides/IR/2017_IR206.htm
Foreign Policy Analysis (FPA) is the study of decision-making in international relations. It looks at how international, domestic and individual pressures shape the decisions leaders make and the actions states take. In the first half of the course we will discuss conceptual matters, gradually building a toolkit of approaches that together help us explain and understand how and why states and individuals behave the way they do. In the second half we work through a series of detailed case studies, covering foreign policy decision-making and outcomes in Russia, the United States, the United Kingdom and China.