Introduction to International Politics


Module code: POL00003C

30 credits

This module encourages students to reflect on issues of ‘progress’ and ‘authority’ in international politics. After introducing a range of ways of conceptualising progress and authority, the module then explores these themes through the evolution of the global political economy from the 16th to the 21st centuries. The module then moves on to consider progress and authority in relation to matters of war and peace across the same extended timeframe.

The module uses the University's Virtual Learning Environment, Yorkshare, to facilitate access to resources and group work.

Central texts

  • J. Baylis and S. Smith, eds, (2010) The Globalization of World Politics [5th Edition]
  • H. Schwartz (2010) States Versus Markets: The Emergence of a Global Economy [3rd Edition]



Dr Liam Clegg
Tel: 01904 322646