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International Relations

Convener: Dr John Akokpari

Dr John Akokpari
Senior Lecturer

Convenor: International Relations graduate programme

Rm 5.31, R Leslie bldg
+27 21 650-3385
john.akokpari@uct.ac.za

Programme objectives:

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.

HONOURS 

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%

  

MASTER’S 

List A Course

List A Course

List A or List B Course

List A or List B Course

POL5010W
(Mini-Dissertation)

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.