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Debating International Relations

Apply political theories and concepts to today's major global issues and debates


Subject area


Social and Political Science






Credit level


SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate)


Credits available


20 credits/10 ECTS/4 US




06 July - 31 July 2020




4 weeks


Contact hours




Course pre-requisites


1 year of undergraduate study and aged 18 or above


Language requirements


Evidence of language ability equivalent to IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or above






Accomodation inc.








Application deadline


30 April 2020





Examine concepts and theories in Politics and International Relations in the context of real world matters, for example Syria and Brexit. Discuss issues of power and democracy alongside classic International Relations theories such as Realism and Liberalism. Develop skills in critical analysis and the expression of ideas and knowledge, both in writing and in group discussion.


Debating International Relations focuses on the major principles, concepts, actors and theories of the international system and their application to current issues in world affairs. The course is divided into two parts. Part one examines a number of theoretical approaches drawn from different intellectual traditions in the discipline, including classical and contemporary realism, liberalism, constructivism, Marxism and radical approaches to International Relations, as well as contemporary debates on power-structures and globalization. The second part discusses a number of current policy issues such as terrorism and security, human rights, governance and global institutions, global trade and finance, the environment and poverty and development.

For more detailed information on course content please see the Debating International Relations Syllabus.


Before applying for Debating International Relations please ensure you meet the following criteria:


Academic Requirements
  • You have completed one year of undergraduate study prior to applying for this course.
  • You have a current GPA of 3.0 or above (or equivalent)


Language Requirements
  • Non-native English speakers must be able to demonstrate an English level of IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component).


Age Requirements
  • Applicants must be age 18 or over. 



Credit Courses

These courses are certified by the University of Edinburgh and are worth up to 20 credits depending on the course length.

Credits awarded by the University of Edinburgh are part of the Scottish Credit Qualifications Framework (SCQF). 20 SCQF credits are the equivalent to 10 ECTS credits or 4 credits for U.S. students.

Credits are offered at two levels:

     Level 8 - for those in the first year of university or above
     Level 10 - require two years of university study, and may have other entry requirements depending on the course

The fee for this course is £3156. 

This fee includes:

  • Tuition fees for the four-week course
  • Course materials and equipment
  • Academic trips and excursions
  • Social programme 

Additional fees may apply for visa applications. These are not included in your course fee.

The course fee does not include accommodation. To find out more about available accommodation options on our Accommodation page.

As part of your application process, you will be required to pay a £500 deposit. The deposit payment will be redeemable against your course fee. After a 14 day cooling off period, the deposit is non-refundable. You will receive information on how to pay your deposit during your application process.




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