Academic year
2023/2024 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
LM602P (AF:459570 AR:253682)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
Surnames P-Z
Degree level
Master's Degree Programme (DM270)
Educational sector code
2nd Semester
Course year
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This is a fundamental course for the two year master's level programme in Comparative International Relations and contributes to the achievement of the linguistic objectives of the course of study.. It is open to students whose surnames begin with letters P-Z; other students will attend the parallel courses given by Prof Ludbrook. The aim of the module, which focuses on debate skills, backed up by the 'lettorato', is to bring students to a level of communicative competence in the productive skills of speaking and writing at B2+ level (at least) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). For those students who have already reached this level, the aim will be to maintain and develop their spoken and written competence, and to enhance their communicative skills (both production and interaction).
The expected outcomes of the course, referring to the Dublin Descriptors (2nd level degree courses) are as follows:

1) Knowledge and understanding of politico-cultural, social and economic phenomena within the context of globalization and international relations
2) Ability to plan and present original research in the field of international relations
3) Critical awareness and independent judgement, including the ability to identify and use reliable sources in global media networks, and the ability to evaluate strengths and weaknesses in one's own work
4) Communicative skills in English, both in witten and oral production, and in particular oral skills in public debate on topics relevant to international relations
5) Learning skills, developed both independently and in groups through collaborative tasks.
Level B2 of the CEFR (Common European Framework)
The module focuses on the acquisition of speaking skills, especially as illustrated in the CEFR (spoken production), and the ability to argue in favour or against a specific motion, idea, or proposal in the field of International Relations. While the lettorato will focus on writing skills, the module will offer students the chance to discuss topics of particular interest to them. The lessons will thus take the form of student-led debates (agreed with the teacher) centred on a pre-decided motion, using a four speaker format (two for and two against the motion), followed by questions from the floor and discussion. In addition to spoken contributions, students will be required to write an argumentative essay relating to their debate.
There is no course book. However, students are recommended to read David Crystal, ‘English as a Global Language’ 2nd edition, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2003. In addition, they are strongly encouraged to use online resources such as 'The Guardian' (fre access), 'The New York Times' and 'The Eonomist' which provide extensive updated coverage relating to International issues. For the 'lettorato' the recommended text is: Oxford Grammar for EAP (with answers) by Ken Paterson and Roberta Wedge (OUP) (to be confirmed).
Written and oral exam. For non attenders the exam has two parts:
A written component, comprising a short essay on a theme relevant to International Relations and a summary of a topical news item, read or recorded. This is followed by an oral component, consisting of the preparation and presentation of a position in favour or against a debate motion appropriate for the field of International relations. Each part will carry equal weighting.The exam lasts for three hours

For attenders a continuous assessment option is available. It will be based on written and spoken performance (essay writing and participation in class debates). As well as choosing, preparing and implementing a debate with peers, students will be expected to attend regularly and to contribute on a weekly basis to other debates by asking questions. This is the preferred assessment method.
Module: Student led debates with active participation by all attenders. Debates will be recorded before the live version in class, and made available on the course moodle.

Lettorato: Students should attend both classes for language practice of the lettorato: Academic writing skills and Presentation skills
written and oral

This subject deals with topics related to the macro-area "International cooperation" and contributes to the achievement of one or more goals of U. N. Agenda for Sustainable Development

This programme is provisional and there could still be changes in its contents.
Last update of the programme: 20/02/2023