• Do you agree with the Marxist view that economic concerns are the most important factor in shaping the course of international relations?

can you use this in the writing please:
-Baylis, J, Smith, S and Owens, P, The Globalization of World Politics 6th ed. Oxford University Press, 2014
-Blair, A & Curtis, S International Politics: An Introductory Guide, Edinburgh University Press, 2009
-Heywood, A, Global Politics, Palgrave, 2nd ed. Macmillan, 2014
-Nicholson, M International Relations: A Concise Introduction (2nd edition) Macmillan, 2002

-Jackson, R & G Sorenson. Introduction to International Relations 2nd Edition Oxford University Press, 2003.
-Mansbach, RW The Global Puzzle 3rd edition. Houghton Mifflin 2000.
-Brown, C Understanding International Relations 3rd edition. Palgrave 2005.
-White, B. M, R Little & M Smith Issues in World Politics 2nd ed. Palgrave, 2001.

The following texts are useful for a more explicit attempt to grapple with the theoretical basis of the discipline. All students are encouraged to use these.

Little, R & M Smith (eds) Perspectives on World Politics (2nd ed) – Excellent collection of articles organised around a three perspective view of world politics.

Bull, H The Anarchical Society. A classic text which explores the nature of order within the anarchical condition of world politics

Brown, Lynn-Jones & Miller (eds) The Perils of Anarchy is a collection of articles originally published in the journal International Security. The essays apply a “realist” perspective to the post-Cold War world.

Kegley, CW (ed) Controversies in International Relations Theory (1995) can be seen as a useful contrast to the Brown et al volume insofar as it is a critique of contemporary realist thinking.

Halliday, F Rethinking International Relations is an attempt by a leading British academic to explore changes in theory in the context of radical changes within the international system itself.

Groom, AJR & M. Light Contemporary International Relations: A Guide to Theory is a collection of short essays summarising all the key intellectual developments in the diverse discipline of International Relations. In addition to the short essays, it is very useful for the excellent bibliographies it contains

You should get into the habit of consulting journals regularly. You should be aware that we will look favourably on assessed work that shows evidence that you have used a wider range of appropriate sources, including journals.

As a matter of course you should ensure you look at the journal The World Today (taken in the Kimberlin library) which is a very accessible short journal with articles that look at current issues in more depth than can be found in newspapers. You should also look to clip relevant stories from quality newspapers. Keep a regular eye on the Economist also. It is an invaluable source of data.

The following academic journals are also useful:

International Relations
Foreign Policy
International Security
Foreign Affairs
International Affairs
International Organisation
Review of International Studies
Diplomacy and Statecraft

7. Guide to the Presentation of Written Work

It is important that your work be properly presented (i.e. clearly written, supported by evidence, and well laid out). You can always ask your seminar tutor for advice and support on both the content and presentation of your written work.

In presenting work, please follow the guidelines below. They may seem a little pedantic, but we want to concentrate on what you have written rather than how essays are presented!

TYPING/WORD-PROCESSING: It is expected that you will submit your course work in word-processed form. Hand-written work can only be submitted where prior approval has been granted. You should use an easily-legible font (Times New Roman, Calibri or Verdana) in 12 point size. Double line spacing helps to make reading easier and provides space for comments.

MARGIN: Please leave a margin for your tutor to comment on what you have written. Tutors will use the margin to identify the strengths and weaknesses of particular parts of the essay. The assessment sheet addresses the whole essay. Having a margin allows you to get more feedback.

HEADINGS: Please indicate the title of your assignment or project, your own name and that of your seminar tutor at the beginning of your essay. Having to guess which question you are trying to answer can distract the reader from the arguments being put forward.

QUOTATIONS: The general rule about quoting from texts is that all quotations must be identified and properly referenced. Short quotations may be included in the main text, enclosing them in inverted commas. Longer quotations should begin a new line and be indented from the margin. Never use very long quotations of more than a short paragraph.
REFERENCING: All Politics and International Relations coursework should be include references to the sources that you have consulted in the work. We use the Harvard model of referencing. Referencing is a crucial way of making your sources of information transparent to your readers. A guide to how to reference using Harvard is available from the Hugh Aston Student Advice Centre and via Blackboard.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: You must list at the end of your project/assignment the books and articles that you used for it. A good piece of work will show that the bibliography has informed what you have written: there is little point in listing books that you do not use.

Note: The submission of an adequate bibliography is taken into account in the overall assessment. You will need to reference your sources adequately in order to pass.

Further bibliographical advice is given in the Politics and International Relations Student Handbooks.
Markers will be bearing the following questions in mind when they assess your work:
Has the candidate:

• Answered the question?
• Shown understanding of the issue?
• Shown awareness of the debates around it?
• Used appropriate, accurate and reliable evidence, illustration or argument to support his/her thesis?
• Shown evidence of sustained study and preparation?
• Demonstrated critical insight and originality in the answer?
• Expressed herself/himself clearly and concisely?
• Used a consistent and recognised system of citation and referencing?
• Met the required standards of presentation?