Emotions, War, and Peace in International Relations POLITIC4163

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Social and Political Sciences
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

The aim of this course is to analyse the role of emotions in the politics of war and peace in international relations.


1 hr lecture +  1 hr seminars

Requirements of Entry

Mandatory Entry Requirements

Entry to Honours Politics requires a grade point average of 12 (Grade C) over Politics 2A and Politics 2B as a first attempt.

Excluded Courses





Summative assessment will be based on two essays of between 2,500-3,000 words each (50% of the final mark each).

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No


Course Aims

This course is a survey of the contemporary burgeoning literature on the role of emotions in the international relations. It will examine a range of theoretical and conceptual approaches to the study of emotions from across the social sciences and humanities. It will focus on how emotions research has shaped the study of peace and violence in international relations, and will require students to think critically through many contrasting frameworks about the role of emotions in war and peace.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ compare, evaluate, and apply key theories of emotion in international relations;

■ assess and think critically through and with a variety of analytical frameworks that adopt contrasting foci, perspectives, methods, and findings;

■ compare, contrast, and synthesize emotions-based arguments with existing prominent theories of international relations, including realism, liberalism, and constructivism, among others;

■ Locate and contextualize the links that emotions research bridges between individual, state, and global levels of analysis in international relations;

■ identify and analyse the interlocking emotional, psychological, economic, and political factors that combine to influence political issues, processes, and outcomes.

■ develop emotions-based evidence and arguments, and compare and contrast these with other traditional frameworks of political analysis, including rational, strategic, institutional, and economic approaches.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.