International Relations and International Development

International Relations and International Development

You will study the core modules listed below, as well as some subject-specific modules.

Academic English Skills aims to provide you with thorough training in the language and related academic skills which will enable you to best achieve your academic potential at University. These skills include the processes of academic writing, effective and extensive reading strategies, effective participation in seminars and delivery of presentations, and listening to and recording information effectively from lectures. You will also develop the accuracy and range of written and spoken language required to use language effectively and appropriately, with clarity and confidence in an academic context.
The aim of this module is to develop your academic skills, to enable you to produce researched competent work of a level 5 standard. This encompasses communication skills (writing, speaking, listening, and reading), reasoning and critical thinking skills and research methodologies.
The aim is of this module is to introduce a diversity of actors in development and identify their institutional structures, appreciate the theoretical underpinnings of the practice of development assistance and to examine the significance of actors and institutions in the context of development.
The aim of this module is to develop an understanding of the nature of development and related terminologies, promote an in-depth knowledge of some of the current issues in international development with a focus on low income countries and develop an awareness of the critical debates in international development and how such debates inform policy.
The aim of this module is to introduce you to some of the key issues and challenges facing the contemporary international system. These issues can be seen every day in the world’s media headlines. Many issues revolve around the co-existence and interaction of multiple societies, in the absence of a central world government. The concepts of power and influence will also be discussed as a central theme, so that you learn how the shifting dynamics of social interaction relate to access and equality, in relation to these two concepts.
The aim of this module is to introduce and develop the skills relating to research and writing a literature review. It will be based around lecture input and independent study. This will provide the opportunity for you to work with an individual supervisor for guidance. The module will offer you the opportunity to develop your understanding of the process of research, as well as providing experience in summarising and synthesising relevant literature.
This course introduces you to the major theoretical approaches which have been developed in the field of International Relations. It covers both the mainstream approaches (i.e. political realism and liberalism), and also a range of more radical alternatives which have emerged in recent years.

* Core module for one-semester course only.
† Subject-specific modules for both the one and two semester course.
‡ Subject-specific module for one semester course only.

Your degree at Sussex

This course can lead to one of the postgraduate degrees listed below (subject to meeting the grades outlined). The degrees and grades listed are subject to change.

Degree Programmes Award English Grade Semester 1 Semester 2
Anthropology MA 60% 50% 60%
Anthropology of Development and Social Transformation MA 60% 50% 60%
Conflict, Security and Development MA 60% 50% 60%
Environment, Development and Policy MA 60% 50% 60%
Geopolitics and Grand Strategy MA 60% 50% 60%
Global Governance MA 60% 50% 60%
Global Political Economy MA 60% 50% 60%
International Relations MA 60% 50% 60%
International Security MA 60% 50% 60%
Social Anthropology of the Global Economy MA 60% 50% 60%
Social Development MA 60% 50% 60%