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International Relations Summer School

Discover London & Paris and explore the critical events influencing International Relations



Applications for 2017 are now open, click here to find out more 

This unique summer programme will introduce you to the key debates and issues in contemporary International Relations. In addition to exploring key theories and concepts, you will also learn about particular conflicts, discuss contemporary wars, debate the ethics of intervention and the use of violence, as well as consider the logic and impact of interventions. You will learn how international institutions function, how they respond to global and international threats, and how they attempt to mediate wars and conflicts.

  • Understand the basic theoretical and conceptual frameworks used in the study of IR.
  • Apply theoretical frameworks/arguments to contemporary issues of war and conflict resolution.
  • Critically assess the role of international (or supra-state) institutions and interrogate their relationship with domestic and local institutions and actors.
  • Benefit from exposure to the culture and traditions of two major European capitals, giving you the opportunity to develop your language skills.

The programme

During the Summer school programme you will be exposed to a broad range of seminars, lectures and discussions about the issues facing us in a globalised world. The programme will provide you with a sophisticated theoretical and applied understanding of international relations including areas of expertise such as war and security, globalisation and development, and EU foreign policy. Subjects that will be covered include an overview of International Relations since 1945, the major International Institutions and Actors, War and Security in a Global Era, and the European Union as a Global Actor.

The programme aims to provide you with knowledge of debates and ideas within International Relations, with a critical understanding of key theoretical and conceptual approaches, and with an understanding of various contemporary conflicts and dilemmas within international Politics. You will also be introduced to a variety of study skills for undertaking further study, particularly case study and comparative analysis of different conflicts, institutions and practices. You will also receive guidance in preparing short reports, summaries and analyses, and presentations with the specific aim of improving their writing, study and presentation skills.

Calendar of events 

The programme will run from 2-28 July 2017. Sessions planned for the programme are listed below click here for more details.

  • Democracy and the Arab Spring
  • UK-EU: Brexit
  • Israel/Palestine
  • The Future of the EU?
  • International Politics of Africa
  • Ethnic Conflict, Terrorism and ‘New Wars’
  • Russia and the Ukraine
  • The Politics of the Global Climate
  • Approaches to the Study of IR
  • US Global Power
  • Actors of International Politics
  • Sites of International Politics
  • Methods of Researching International Politics

How to apply

Applications are now open. Email to register your interest.

If you are an international student click here for information on immigration.


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