In-Depth Studies in Global Politics


Syllabus for students autumn 2023, autumn 2022, autumn 2021, autumn 2020

Course Code:
IR140L revision 2.1
Level of specialisation
Main fields of study:
No main fields
Date of ratification:
20 May 2020
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Culture and Society
Enforcement date:
31 August 2020
Replaces Syllabus ratified:
13 June 2019

Entry requirements

Prerequisite courses for this course are: Passed courses: IR101L-International Relations I or IR110L-International Relations I and IR102L-International Relations II. International Relations 1-30 and International Relations 31-60 or equivalent.

Specialisation and progression relative to the degree regulations

The course is not part of a main field of study.


The aim of the course is that students independently will develop an advanced, in-depth understanding and knowledge of global politics. The course focuses on theories of global politics and allows in-depth study of issues such as diplomacy, security, ethical problems and foreign policy.


  • Module 1: International Security (7,5 hp)
  • Module 2: International Political Theory (7,5 hp)
  • Module 3: Development, Diplomacy and Foreign Policy (15 hp)
The first module, International Security, provides students with an overall orientation as well as in-depth study of contemporary theorizing on security issues in global politics. Furthermore the module lets the student practice his/her ability to relate IR theorizing with methodological approaches utilized by researchers in the field.
The second module, International Political Theory, considers the emergence of ethical issues in international affairs and the development of normative theory in international relations. Of particular interest are issues concerning: human rights; sustainable development; religion and international politics, and the academic debates about these topics.
The third module, Development, Diplomacy and Foreign Policy, analyses contemporary issues and questions in foreign policy, diplomacy and development, including related issues in the areas of global governance, multilateral negotiations, trade, finance, climate change, international aid, and geopolitcs.

Learning outcomes

After completing module 1 (International Security) the student shall be able to:
(1) Identify security issues and critically discuss distinct theories of security while showing awareness of their ontological and epistemological foundations and how these influence research approaches and the choice and definition of concepts.

After completing module 2 (International Political Theory) the student shall be able to:
(2) Define , analyse, and critically discuss theories and central issues in international political theory.

After completing module 3 (Development, Diplomacy and Foreign Policy) the student shall be able to:
(3) Analyze central problems and theories of diplomacy, foreign policy, and development.
(4) Identiify, describe and critically analyse a key problem, area or process in foreign policy, diplomacy and development.

Learning activities

Teaching takes place in lectures and seminars. In addition to their attendance students are also expected to spend substantial time studying the course literature and in preparation of work for assessment.


The student’s performance in module 1 (International Security) is assessed as follows:
Intended Learning Outcomes 1 is assessed through a course paper.

The student’s performance in module 2 (International Political Theory) is assessed as follows:
Intended learning outcome 2 is assessed through an oral and written assignment.
The student’s performance in module 3 (Development, Diplomacy and Foreign Policy) is assessed as follows:
Intended learning outcomes 3 and 4 are assessed through an oral and a written assignment.

Grading system

Excellent (A), Very Good (B), Good (C), Satisfactory (D), Pass (E) or Fail (U).

Course literature and other teaching materials

International Security (7,5 hp)
  • Gueldry, Michel, Gigi Gokcek and Lui Hebron (Eds.). 2019. Understanding New Security Threats, London: Routledge.
  • Peoples, Columba and Nick Vaughan-Williams. 2015. Critical Security Studies. (Second edition) London: Routledge.
  • Additional articles and case material c. 200-300 pages

International Political Theory (7,5 hp)
  • Blackburn, Simon. 2003. Ethics: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Broome, John. 2014. Climate Matters: Ethics in a Warming World. New York: Norton.
  • Lang, Anthony. 2015. International Political Theory: An Introduction. London: Palgrave.
  • Additional articles, c. 200-300 pages

Development, Diplomacy and Foreign Policy (15 hp)
  • Beach, Derek. 2012. Analyzing Foreign Policy. Houndmills: Palgrave.
  • Bjola, Corneliu and Markus Kornprobst. 2013. Understanding International Diplomacy: Theory, Practice and Ethics. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.
  • Kingsbury, Damien et al. (eds.). 2016. International Development; Issues and Challenges. (latest edition.) Basingstoke: Palgrave
  • Starkey, Brigid et al. 2015. International Negotiation in a Complex World, 4th edition. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield.
  • Additional articles, c. 200-300 pages.

Course evaluation

The University provides students who participate in or who have completed a course with the opportunity to make known their experiences and viewpoints with regards to the course by completing a course evaluation administered by the University. The University will compile and summarize the results of course evaluations as well as informing participants of the results and any decisions relating to measures initiated in response to the course evaluations. The results will be made available to the students (HF 1:14).

Interim rules

If a course is no longer offered or has undergone major changes, students will be offered two re-take sessions based on the syllabus in force at registration during a period of one year from the date of the implementation of the changes.

Other Information

Language of instruction is English.


The education is provided by the Faculty of Culture and Society at the Department of Global Political Studies.

Further information

GPSstudent - Malmö universitet,
Scott Mciver, Course Coordinator
Phone: 040-6657108


30 August 2021 - 16 January 2022 Day-time 100% Malmö This course is offered as part of a program

29 August 2022 - 15 January 2023 Day-time 100% Malmö This course is offered as part of a program

28 August 2023 - 14 January 2024 Day-time 100% Malmö This course is offered as part of a program

31 August 2020 - 17 January 2021 Day-time 100% Malmö Schedule This course is offered as part of a program

Tuition fees

for non-EU students only

First instalment: 39000 SEK
Full tuition Fee: 39000 SEK