CRCK- International Relations & Diplomacy
University of Cumbria and Robert Kennedy College
General Instructions – Please read carefully
You are required to complete the assignment outlined below and submit your completed final document through the RKC Online Campus by the end of Unit 6. Your grade will be based 100% on this final document, to which you will also receive written feedback.
In addition, you must upload part of your draft of the above document by the end of Unit 3 (see Interim Assignment, below). This draft will not be graded, but it is an important way of monitoring your progress. Formative feedback on your draft will be given, and general feedback with respect to the topic(s) covered in the interim assignment will be posted on the Forum after Unit 3 has been completed.
Your paper must have a clear structure and must include:
- Cover page (an example is available to you in Induction/Unit 4)
- Abstract (no more than 150 words, a single paragraph)
- Table of contents (Table of tables/figures if necessary) – numbered sections, page numbers
- A subsection for each of the four questions of the assessment - no more than 4’000 words in total
- A list of references – at Master level you must use in-text citations to support your arguments and any work cited must appear in the References list at the end of the work.
Please ask any questions about the interim assignment and final assignment in the class discussion forums.
Final Assignment – 4,000 words
The expression ‘resource wars’ covers a wide list of categories (from oil and minerals to timber and more exotic items). And, while there have been in history a few instances of (both civil wars and international conflicts) related to them, the term itself has evolved over time and now requires a more insightful, policy-conscious analysis. Discuss.
Weight: 20% of the final mark (roughly 1’000 words)
1. Taiwan has been recently defined the ‘most dangerous place on Earth’ (The Economist, 1 May 2021). Taking into consideration political (China vs US), historical (the origins of RoC Taiwan), strategic (the geographical location of the island) and economic (microchip industry) aspects, draw possible scenarios of the next ten years in Taiwan’s global policy.
Weight: 30% of the final mark (roughly 1’500 words)
2. The European Green Deal (The EU Commission, 2019) is one of the most ambitious and far-reaching initiative ever launched to tackle climate change on a regional scale. After an analysis of the most relevant aspects of this framework programme, explore the Deal impact on the EU’s foreign relations.
Weight: 20% of the final mark (roughly 1’000 words, with use of graphics)
3. The Copenhagen School defines the ‘Speech Act’ as a crucial aspect of the securitisation process. Looking at the current political discourse, select and analyse one instance as an example of the securitisation dynamics.
Weight: 15% of the final mark (roughly 500 words)
4. The remaining 15% of the final mark will be dependent on the quality of Harvard referencing and overall presentation professionalism of the paper.
The Interim assignment requires you to submit, by the end of Unit 3, a draft of the final assignment through the OnlineCampus.
Formative feedback will be given to you on it, so do try to have roughly a 1’500 to 2’000 words paper, with a full structure for the final paper, and some content on each of the questions (a plan for what you intend to do is ok too).