The International Politics of Protection

Module code: PL7521

Module co-ordinator: Dr Kelly Staples

Module Outline

Protection is central to the theory and practice of politics. From social contract theory and the consolidation of the modern state to cosmopolitan theory, human rights and state-building, protection remains a central concept. This module sets out to examine the scope and limits of protection in contemporary international politics, asking about the agents, relationships and norms that help protect individual persons and groups from a range of ‘threats’ and other sources of harm. The module also offers students an insight into the substantial and increasingly prominent international concern of statelessness. In so doing the module examines the theory and practice of nationality and discrimination and their implications for protection of vulnerable individuals and groups.

Teaching and Learning Methods

Teaching will be delivered through the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) – Blackboard - this allows for a range of innovative and engaging teaching techniques to be used such as online presentations, podcasts, interactive message boards and Wikis, as well as one-to-one contact through conventional channels. 


  • Journal article analysis (20%)
  • Essay (80%)