PO 5002: The 2011 NATO Intervention in Libya.


PO 5002: International Relations and Development
The Theory Review (2000 words) 
The 2011 NATO Intervention in Libya.

Paper details:

UseChoose one international political process to examine:
 The 2011 NATO Intervention in Libya
Step 2: Choose two theories to analyse and interpret this process:
 Classical Realism
 Liberal Internationalism
PO 5002: International Relations and Development
The Theory Review (2000 words) 
Please read these instructions carefully Assessment Outline: This assessment is designed to test your ability to apply the international relations theories that we have examined in Teaching Block 2, by using them to examine of a specific international political process or series of events The assessment requires you to produce a 2000 word written piece, where you use two IR theories to analyse and interpret an international political process chosen from the list below To do this, you will need to conduct some personal research into the political process that you choose to examine, using resources available in academic books, journals and from reputable online sources You will also need to engage with advanced theory literature, including original texts where appropriate. Guidelines:  Think about the characteristics of the theories you choose, the understanding of the world they produce, and how this relates to some of the key themes associated with the international political process you have chosen  The ‘theory as a lens’ metaphor might be useful here. If you look at your chosen political process, through the ‘lenses’ of your chosen theories, what kinds of things do you see?  Think carefully about which two theories you think will be most helpful in analysing and interpreting the international political process you choose  You will need a solid understanding of the chosen process you are analysing and the characteristics of the theories you are using. However, it is essential that you show you are able to use the theories to analyse and interpret the process you choose  There is a detailed reading list provided in the module guide for each of the international relations theories  To research your chosen political process, you will need to learn how to search for journal articles, search the library catalogue for academic books and locate reputable online resources. This kind of independent research is an essential skill for your advanced research project in the third year  The theory review does need to be fully referenced, but the bibliography is excluded from the word count 2 What Not to Do!  This assessment is not aimed at testing your ability to describe the theories and processes you choose. To perform well, you will need to show that you can apply these theories in an analysis of a specific international political process  You do not need to provide an extensive description of the political process that you are examining. What you will need to do when you research this process is to draw out some of the important themes associated with this process  Similarly, you do not need to provide an extensive description of your chosen theory. You will need to demonstrate that you understand this theory by applying it competently in analysing and interpreting the process you choose to explore Step 1: Choose one international political process to examine:  The 2011 NATO Intervention in Libya  The foreign policy of the Bush Administration (2000-2008)  The Ukraine Crisis of 2014 and the Russian annexation of Crimea  The foundation of the International Criminal Court (ICC)  The emergence of the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) concept in international relations  The rise of ethics and values in UK foreign policy discourse since 1997  International negotiations on climate change since 1992  The United Nations Millennium Development Goals programme  The rise of China and India as potential challengers to US hegemony in International Relations Step 2: Choose two theories to analyse and interpret this process:  Classical Realism  Liberal Internationalism  Neo-realism  Neo-liberalism  The English School  Critical Theory  Constructivism  Post-structuralism 3 What am I looking for in your theory review? In addition to the qualities explained in the marking criteria on pages 8-9 of the module guide, I am looking for several important features in your theory review:  A Strong Understanding of the Theories and Process: You will be expected to provide an accurate and well informed representation of both the two theories chosen and the process you are analysing. You will need to look beyond the basic textbooks to help solidify your knowledge and understanding. Marks will be lost for errors of fact and overt misrepresentation or misunderstanding of theory content.  Good Personal Research Skills: Although a short piece, the theory review requires careful researching of the theories and process under discussion. You should base your analysis on a range of advanced academic sources (books and journal articles), many of which are listed in the module guide. Use of reputable online sources (such as those mentioned in the module guide) is acceptable. However, over-reliance on new media sources (e.g. BBC, The Economist, CNN etc.) and the use of unreliable online sources will be penalised.  Analysis and Argumentation: I will look closely at your ability to use the theories to help you interpret the process under discussion. You need to use theory as a ‘lens’ to help you develop a more nuanced and sophisticated explanation of the process you are examining. Your analysis needs to be logical and supported by appropriate evidence where necessary. You will need to think carefully about the structuring of your review and the organisation of your analysis.  Quality of Written Expression: The ability of your written English to convey complex ideas and facts in a clear, concise, elegant and exact manner is very important. Grammar, vocabulary, punctuation, organisation of sentences and paragraphs are all important elements of this.
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