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Course summary

Please check the Sheffield Hallam University website for the latest information. Course Summary Explore the theory, practice and discipline of international relations in an age of increasing challenges and crises.

  • Gain a critical understanding of the theory and practice of international relations.
  • Explore the political, cultural, social, and economic crises facing the world today.
  • Learn how patterns of power, knowledge and inequality are reproduced globally.
  • Develop practical expertise in non-violent communication and conflict resolution.
This course examines the complex worlds we live in. You’ll explore issues of race, class, gender and geography to challenge how knowledge about contemporary international relations is produced. By studying topics such as terrorism, war, security and peace-making – you’ll gain critical and practical skills to understand how global crises manifest and can be overcome. How You Learn All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive. In this course, you’ll discuss international relations and global crises with our expert academics and your fellow students. You’ll analyse contemporary international issues in-depth – critically examining the discipline of international relations itself, to unpack the relationship between theory and practice. The teaching and design of the modules you’ll study are both informed by our team’s ongoing research and expertise. We use consistent block-teaching times, helping you plan your commitments outside of the university. You learn through:
  • interactive workshops
  • lectures and seminars
  • independent study
  • personal supervision
  • practical activities and group work
  • special guest lectures
Throughout the course you’ll learn critical and practical skills, helping you make sense of the complexities and contradictions of world politics. Core modules cover the origins of international relations, key events, issues and crises of the past and present. You’ll learn why we should seek to decolonise and decentre how knowledge about international relations is produced and reproduced. These modules provide a solid foundation so you can fulfil your potential, whether you’re new or returning to the discipline of international relations. Applied learning Live projects: Your research will be applied to real-world issues within international relations. You’ll develop practical expertise such as non-violent communication, mediation and conflict resolution skills. You’ll also be able to focus on producing policy documents, portfolios and conference organisation. Networking opportunities You’ll be part of an active community in the Politics Subject Group – as well as the Department of Psychology, Sociology and Politics, and the wider university. In the Politics Subject Group, we conduct research projects and publish academic books and articles in areas such as
  • charity and community work
  • the politics of the European Union and NATO
  • the politics of welfare, terrorism and counterterrorism
  • the political theory of new social movements
  • war and security studies
Throughout the course, you'll interact with academics and specialists in your field. The course features a number of special events with guest speakers – including the Sociology and Politics Seminar Series, which attracts researchers working on a range of social, political and international issues.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. Please be aware that due to the way in which this particular MA is structured, not all modules listed here will be offered in any given year and therefore elective modules are not applicable to this course. For further information on the structure of the MA please contact the course leader. COMPULSORY MODULES: Communities In Crisis, Decolonising And Decentring, International Relations, Dissertation, European (Dis)Integration, Gender And Sexualities In Global Context, International Relations In Theory And Practice, Parties And Politics In 21St Century Britain: Crisis Or Convergence?, Peacemaking Communication, Research Methods, Seminar Series/Conference Organisation, Terrorism: Violent Threat And Security Response, The Rise (And Fall) Of The Welfare State In International Society, and Western Political Theory In/And Crisis.

Assessment method

Coursework Practical

Entry requirements

A UK undergraduate degree at 2:2 or above in international relations, politics, or a related field (or equivalent overseas qualification). ENGLISH LANGUAGE QUALIFICATIONS: It is expected that students are proficient in the English language and, where appropriate, have an overall 6.5 in IELTS, with a minimum of 6.0 in writing. In some circumstances, students without traditional undergraduate qualifications will be considered. It is envisaged that these applicants will have relevant work experience.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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Additional fee information

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International Relations and Global Crises at Sheffield Hallam University - UCAS