A closely related theme concerns the questions: who actually governs the UK and how?
This is an area which is increasingly contentious following constitutional changes (Scottish devolution, new assemblies in Wales and Northern Ireland etc.).
This module consists of three interconnected elements.
The first part covers the political and civil institutions in the UK, an underlying theme being their influence over the processes and outcomes of UK politics.
The aims will be to illustrate the role of the United Nations in key events in the post-1945 world and to place the United Nations in the context of alternative theories of international behaviour and to elucidate the interplay between national interest and multilateral cooperation in the context of global organisation.
To illustrate the spectrum of United Nations activities across the range of global security, legal developmental and environmental concerns.The second part of the module focuses on social divisions, on how we choose and influence our leaders and on how we maintain civil society (for example, law and order).The final part covers public policy and includes economic and environmental issues.The second is designed to illustrate these by reference to the major processes of the international system.The first section explores International Relations as a field of study, tracing its history as an intellectual discipline from the end of the First World War.These are: The second section then explores the 'processes' of international relations - both co-operative and conflictual (diplomacy; international law; international organization; economic conflict; terrorism; war etc).This module is designed to introduce students to the structures and processes which characterise relationships in the contemporary international system, and to place these structures and processes in their historical context.It does so by first engaging in a systematic examination of some of the main issues, both thematic and methodological, involved in the study of comparative political systems today, and then by applying the insights gained to leading political systems.The course covers a range of topics in Comparative Politics drawing on different ideas, concepts, theories, and countries.The aims of this module are: The module is divided into two sections.The first of these is concerned with theoretical and conceptual aspects of international relations.