globe
  1. Crucial Core Texts 3 items
    The following books constitute crucial core texts. They should be referred to throughout the module prior to the reading listed for each tutorial.
    1. The Globalization of World Politics: An Introduction to International Relations - John Baylis, Steve Smith, Patricia Owens 2017

      Book Suggested for student purchase This is likely to prove the most helpful single text throughout this module. It covers both the theoretical schools and a variety of policy issues. I recommend that you read the relevant chapter(s) in preparation for every tutorial. Here I have specified the 2017, 7th Edition of the book, but previous editions, especially the 5th and 6th, are also excellent.

    2. Theories of International Relations - Scott Burchill, Andrew Linklater 2013

      Book Suggested for student purchase This is also an excellent book. It focuses only on the different theoretical approaches - there's little or no 'practice' - but as a consequence it provides more detail. A 'must read' for the first half of the module.

    3. The Oxford Handbook of International Relations - Christian Reus-Smit, Duncan Snidal 2008 (electronic resource)

      Book Recommended This is an excellent volume. Another major plus point for this book is that the Library holds it as an eBook, so you can access it far more readily that the other texts to which I've referred.

  2. Core Texts 5 items
    The following books constitute core texts. You may find it helpful to refer to them throughout the module, prior to the reading listed for each module.
    1. Understanding International Relations - Chris Brown, Kirsten Ainley c2009

      Book Recommended

    2. The Hierarchy of States: Reform and Resistance in the International Order - Ian Clark 1989

      Book Recommended Part One of this text (Chapters 1-4) provide excellent discussion of IR theory. Part Two (Chapters 5-9) will help you put theory into historical/practical context.

    3. International relations theories: discipline and diversity - Tim Dunne, Milja Kurki 2016

      Book Recommended

    4. International Relations - Joshua S. Goldstein, Jon C. Pevehouse 2011

      Book Recommended

    5. World Politics: Trend and Transformation - Charles W. Kegley, Shannon Lindsey Blanton 2011

      Book Recommended

  3. Key Texts 8 items
    Listed below are some of the books which have made the most profound contributions to the discipline of International Relations. Once you have started to get a feel for the subject try reading them.
    1. The Anarchical Society: A Study of Order in World Politics - Hedley Bull 2002

      Book Recommended

    2. The Twenty Years' Crisis, 1919-1939: An Introduction to the Study of International Relations - Edward Hallett Carr 2001

      Book Recommended

    3. Power and Interdependence - Robert O. Keohane, Joseph S. Nye 1989

      Book Recommended

    4. The Tragedy of Great Power Politics - John J. Mearsheimer 2001

      Book Recommended

    5. Politics Among Nations: The Struggle for Power and Peace - Hans Joachim Morgenthau 2005

      Book Recommended

    6. Man, the State, and War: A Theoretical Analysis - Kenneth N. Waltz 2010 (electronic resource)

      Book Recommended

    7. Theory of International Politics - Kenneth N. Waltz 2010

      Book Recommended This book was first published in 1979 and then reprinted in 2010. The two versions, including pagination, are identical, with the exception of a new foreword in the 2010 version.

    8. Social Theory of International Politics - Alexander Wendt 1999

      Book Recommended

  4. Academic Journals 7 items
    1. Some of the best information available to students is found in academic journals. As you develop as a student you should reduce your reliance on 'standard textbooks' and increase your use of more specialised material, including journal articles. It's early days, but it's never too early to start! For some tutorials I have cited specific articles, but the onus is upon you to research sources. A very large selection of journals is now available electronically via the Library's homepage, just click on 'Electronic journals A-Z list'. 'Google Scholar' is now also an excellent way to search for articles and it's just about as easy as it gets when it comes to search engines.

       

      Below I have listed a selection of some of the leading journals.  Explore these, but remember, it's just a sample.

    2. European Journal of International Relations - European Consortium for Political Research c1995- (electronic resource)

      Journal 

    3. Foreign Affairs - Coolidge, Archibald Cary, Armstrong, Hamilton Fish, Council on Foreign Relations (electronic resource)

      Journal 

    4. International Affairs - Royal Institute of International Affairs 1944- (electronic resource)

      Journal 

    5. International Security - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs (electronic resource)

      Journal 

    6. The Washington Quarterly - Georgetown University (electronic resource)

      Journal 

    7. Review of International Studies - British International Studies Association 1981- (electronic resource)

      Journal 

  5. Tutorial Topics 71 items
    1. Tutorial 1 1 item
      What is International Relations?
    2. Tutorial 2 4 items
      Do you agree with the proposition that international politics is nothing more than national interest defined as the pursuit of power?
      1. The Twenty Years' Crisis, 1919-1939: An Introduction to the Study of International Relations - Edward Hallett Carr 2001

        Book Essential Please read Chapter 5. See me if you're having difficulty accessing this book chapter.

      2. Politics Among Nations - Morgenthau, Hans Joachim 1960

        Book Essential Please read Chapter 1. See me if you're having difficulty accessing this book chapter.

    3. Tutorial 3 4 items
      Does anarchy mean that states will always fight?
      1. Introduction: What is the security dilemma? - Ken Booth, Nicholas J Wheeler 2008

        Chapter Essential Just click the link for a digitised copy of this chapter.

      2. The Origins of War in Neorealist Theory - Kenneth N. Waltz 1988

        Article Essential

    4. Tutorial 4 7 items
      Compare and contrast the Institutionalist and International Society accounts of IR. How effective has their challenge to Realism been?
      1. The Anarchical Society: A Study of Order in World Politics - Bull, Hedley 2002

        Book Essential Please read Chapters 1, 2 & 3. Don't worry about which edition of the book you read, these chapters are the same in all. See me if you're having difficulty accessing these chapters.

      2. International Institutions and State Power: Essays in International Relations Theory - Keohane, Robert O. 1989

        Book Essential Please read Chapter 1. See me if you're having difficulty accessing this chapter.

      3. The False Promise of International Institutions - John J. Mearsheimer

        Article Essential

      4. The Promise of Institutionalist Theory - Robert O. Keohane and Lisa L. Martin

        Article Essential

      5. A Realist Reply - John J. Mearsheimer

        Article Recommended

      6. Contending Images of World Politics - Fry, Greg, O'Hagan, Jacinta 2000 (electronic resource)

        Book Background

    5. Tutorial 5 5 items
      What questions, concepts and actors has the traditional study or IR overlooked?
      1. Security and Emancipation - Ken Booth Oct., 1991

        Article Essential

      2. International Political Theory: Rethinking Ethics in a Global Era - Kimberly Hutchings 1999 (electronic resource)

        Book Essential Chapter 3

      3. The 'Third Debate' Revisited - Emmanuel Navon Oct., 2001

        Article Background

    6. Tutorial 6 12 items
      Is the theory/practice divide sustainable? For this tutorial students should consider what each of the different theoretical approaches discussed tells us about a 'real world' case, namely that of the UK's role in the build up to, prosecution of and aftermath of the 2003 Iraq conflict. In addition to the essential reading, try to read as much of the recommended reading as you can. For this tutorial you might find it helpful to work in groups, dividing the non-essential reading amongst yourselves.
      1. Main Reading 2 items
        Please read these two chapters before exploring the other sources listed for this tutorial.
      2. UK Government Sources 3 items
        1. The Iraq Enquiry - The Chilcot Report

          Webpage  This enquiry resulted in a vast, 12 Volume report consisting of over 2.5 million words, but don't worry, you're not expected to read them all! But if you click on the Report link at the top of the Enquiry's home page you can then explore the various links to find out more.

      3. UN Documents and Sources 4 items
        1. UN Security Council Meetings

          Webpage  Click this link to access minutes of meetings (the S/PVs) of the UN Security Council.

        2. UN Security Council meeting of 8 November 2002

          Document  This was a crucial meeting in the build-up to war.

      4. Further Sources 3 items
    7. Tutorial 7 17 items
      Security is traditionally understood to involve states, territory and military hardware. What are the limitations of such an approach?
      1. Theoretical Overviews 7 items
        The sources listed here relate primarily to the broad debate about 'security' and what it means/entails.
        1. The Concept of Security - David A. Baldwin Jan., 1997

          Article Essential

        2. People, States and Fear: An Agenda for International Security Studies in the Post-Cold War Era - Buzan, Barry 2007

          Book Essential Please read Chapter 3: National insecurity: threats and vulnerabilities, pp.112-145, available via the link.

        3. Redefining Security - Jessica Tuchman Mathews

          Article Essential

        4. Redefining Security - Richard H. Ullman

          Article Essential

        5. The Evolution of the Concept of Security in International Relations - Philip Windsor 1993

          Chapter Recommended Available via the link.

      2. Particular Security Threats 10 items
        The sources listed here relate primarily to specific types of security threat. Try to read as many of them as you can. For this tutorial you might find it helpful to work in groups, dividing the reading in this section amongst yourselves.
        1. The Responsibility to Protect-Five Years On - Bellamy, Alex J Summer 2010

          Article Recommended

        2. The Clash of Civilizations? - Samuel P. Huntington 1993

          Article Recommended

        3. The Coming Anarchy - Kaplan, Robert D.

          Article Recommended

        4. Conceptualizing Security Governance - E. Krahmann 2003

          Article Recommended

        5. HIV, AIDS and security: where are we now? - Colin McInnes and Simon Rushton 2010

          Article Recommended

        6. Theorising Terrorism: The State, Structure and History - Colin Wight March 2009

          Journal Recommended

    8. Tutorial 8 10 items
      Is 'jaw-jaw' always better than 'war-war'?
      1. The Anarchical Society: A Study of Order in World Politics - Hedley Bull 2002

        Book Essential Please read Chapters 7 & 8. Once again, these chapters can be read from any edition of the book. See me if you're having difficulty accessing these chapters.

      2. The Causes of War and the Conditions of Peace - John Garnett

        Chapter Essential Just click the link for a digitised copy of this chapter.

      3. Economic Sanctions: A blunt instrument? - Susan Hannah Allen and David J. Lektzian 2013

        Article Recommended

      4. On War - Clausewitz, Carl von, Howard, Michael Eliot, Paret, Peter, Brodie, Bernard 1984

        Book Recommended Concentrate on Chapters 1 & 2.

      5. Causes of War - Jack S. Levy, William R. Thompson 2010

        Book Recommended

      6. Politics Among Nations - Morgenthau, Hans Joachim 1960

        Book Recommended Concentrate on Chapters 31 & 32.

    9. Tutorial 9 10 items
      Will states obey international law when it is not in their short-term interests to do so?
      1. The Anarchical Society: A Study of Order in World Politics - Bull, Hedley 2002

        Book Essential Please read Chapter 6. Once again, this chapter can be read from any edition of the book. If you're having difficulty accessing this chapter please see me.

      2. The Role of Law in International Politics: Essays in International Relations and International Law - Michael Byers June 2001 (electronic resource)

        Book Essential From this edited book please read: A, Hurrell, 'Conclusion: International Law and the Changing Constitution of International Society'

      3. Law, Politics and the Use of Force

        Chapter Essential See me if you're having difficulty accessing this chapter.

      4. International Law - Antonio Cassesse 2005

        Book Recommended Chapter 13.

      5. The Strategic Role of Legal Principles - T. M. Franck

        Chapter Recommended

      6. How Nations Behave: Law and Foreign Policy - Henkin, Louis 1968

        Book Recommended Chapters 1-4.

      7. The Politics of International Law - Christian Reus-Smit 2004

        Book Recommended Chapters 1 & 2.

      8. International Theory: The Three Traditions - Wight, Martin, Wight, Gabriele, Porter, Brian Ernest 1991

        Book Background Chapter 11.

    10. Tutorial 10 1 item
      1. There is no set reading for this final tutorial. Instead you should work as a group, and with the support of your tutor, to prepare your defence of whichever theoretical position you have been allocted to defend in the final interactyive lecture session of the module.

  6. Going beyond your reading list 1 item
    1. You will find further information about the resources available in your subject area via the Politics LibGuide. General access to Skills support and Library services can also be found here