This list relates to the time period 01/08/2019 – 31/07/2020 which ended on 31/07/2020

    Guidance on Reading

    • In order to acquire a good understanding of the complexities inherent in political matters and the varieties of opinion that exist on any one topic, it is necessary to read a wide range of both primary and secondary sources in order to engage with the debates in a critical fashion
    • Reading widely is vital if students are to be able to substantiate their arguments empirically
    • Reading lists are not exhaustive and students are encouraged to look for and draw on other academically appropriate source material
    • Introductory texts are useful as an introduction to a topic but it is imperative to familiarise yourself also with research-based publications (e.g. journal articles and monographs)


  2. Essential Reading 4 items
    Textbooks from which compulsory reading will be drawn, these are available either online or in the library (or both)
    1. The globalization of world politics: an introduction to international relations 2014

      Book Essential Reading There are many editions. All are useful, especially the most recent.

    2. International Relations from the Global South: Worlds of Difference - Arlene B. Tickner 2020 (electronic resource)

      Book Essential Reading

    3. Essential readings in world politics 2014

      Book Essential Reading This is a good text that puts together essential readings from key thinkers.

    4. An introduction to international relations theory: perspectives and themes - Steans, Jill 2010

      Book Essential Reading This is a good alternative introductory text to Baylis and Smith, with a theoretical focus

  3. Supplemental Textbook Reading 4 items
    Other textbooks that are available in the library which will also have chapters on the corresponding subjects and/or concepts covered week-by-week
    1. Political analysis - Hay, Colin 2002

      Book Recommended Reading Again, this is a more advanced text for students wishing to advance their understandings. It does have useful introductory tables and diagrams of different theories of international relations for students who think spatially

    2. Global politics - Heywood, Andrew 2014

      Book Recommended Reading This is a good alternative introductory text to Baylis and Smith

    3. Understanding international relations - Brown, Chris, Ainley, Kirsten 2009

      Book Recommended Reading

  4. For Specific Weeks 12 items
    See corresponding weeks in module handbook
    1. International Relations - Principle Theories - Slaughter Anne Marie 2011

      Document Essential Reading

    2. One World, Rival Theories - Snyder, Jack Nov/Dec 2004

      Article Essential Reading

    3. The Future of International Order(s) - Shiping Tang 02/10/2018

      Article Essential Reading

    4. Seizing the Middle Ground: - EMANUEL ADLER 09/1997

      Article Essential Reading

    5. In Defence of New Wars - Mary Kaldor 2013

      Article Essential Reading

  5. Other Recommended Work 12 items
    If you have exhausted yourself on other content, some other pieces that either timely or classic that you may find very useful
    1. Constructing international relations: the next generation - K. M. Fierke, Knud Erik Jørgensen c2001

      Book Background Reading

    2. Realism, Liberalism and the Iraq War - Daniel Deudney, G. John Ikenberry 04/07/2017

      Article Recommended Reading

    3. Horizon Scan: Critical security studies for the next 50 years - Mark B Salter, Carol Cohn, Andrew W Neal, Annick TR Wibben 08/2019

      Article Recommended Reading

    4. Decolonising the mind: the politics of language in African literature - Ngũgĩ wa Thiongʼo 1986

      Book Recommended Reading