POLS3203 – Power and Order in Transnational Politics45.3
This course proved to be quite the anti-climax as the capstone of undergraduate International Relations. The entire course was structured around the rationalist/constructivist divide within IR scholarship. We pondered questions as to whether 'new wars' (those pertaining to the post-Cold War period) are really new, whether the nation state is now superfluous with the rise of international organisations/civil society. The Cuban Missile Crisis simulation was the highlight of an overall unstimulating course. There was little practical utility within this course - the course felt like a sponsorship deal for POLSIS and postgraduate study. To do well, lectures are definitely not a necessity (and with an 4,500-word essay worth 60%, you'd be best to concentrate your time on that).