University Of Cape Town International Relations

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University Of Cape Town International Relations

University Of Cape Town International Relations; UCT International Relations undergraduate

International Relations at the University of Cape Town tries to strike a balance between International Relations as a field of study that evolved over centuries and International Relations as it is currently studied. International Relations as traditionally studied usually meant a focus on three concerns: war, diplomacy and trade. Now described respectively as conflict or security, diplomacy and negotiation and the international political economy, these remain the central subjects we want to study. Our approach also values, however, the contributions of other sub-fields of Political Studies, especially Comparative Politics, and contributions from other disciplines. In International Relations scholarly debates, African cases and issues are crucial and, for this reason, graduates of our programme are often called upon to show their expertise in African and/or Southern African material.
Admission requirements:
Specific additional entry requirements for this specialisation are a past academic history in International Relations, Political Studies/Science or a strong academic background in a related discipline. UCT International Relations undergraduate


List A Course List A Course List A or List B Course List A or List B Course POL4007H
(Research Project)
20% 20% 20% 20% 20%



List A Course List A Course List A or List B Course List A or List B Course POL5010W
12.5% 12.5% 12.5% 12.5% 50%

Courses are offered as “F” or “S” courses – depending on whether they are being held in the first or second semester.  Check the course listings for the coming year to confirm which courses are on offer and when.

List A

POL4002F/S Theories of International Relations
POL4039F/S Peace Operations in World Politics
POL4049F/S Comparative Foreign Policy (may not be offered in 2015)
POL5001F/S Comparative Politics
POL5032F/S International Political Economy
POL5034F/S Conflict in Africa
POL5045F/S Third World Politics

List B

Students may select electives from list B or other electives appropriate to their programme and research interests, subject to approval by the Convener. List B options may not replace List A options.

POL4032F/S Comparative Transitional Justice
POL4033F/S African Politics (Not offered in 2015)
POL4044F/S Global Political Thought
POL4048F/S Dialectical Political Thought
POL5023F/S Political Behaviour and Research
POL5026F/S Special Topics (May not be offered in 2015)
POL5029F/S Political Ethics
POL5036F/S Special Topics II (May not be offered in 2015)
POL5041F/S History of SA Political Thought (Not offered in 2015)
POL5042F/S Peace-building: Issues & Problems
POL5043F/S Regionalism in Africa
POL5044F/S South African Politics
POL5046F/S Democratisation

For descriptions of courses refer to the listings at the end of departmental entries, as well as the course listings in other, relevant faculty handbooks.

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