Introduction to International Studies: Theories and Methods


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

The module comprises relevant coursework and an individual examination portfolio.

Learning objectives


The student must attain

Knowledge and understanding of:

  • basic theories and methods within the field of International Studies, including knowledge of International Studies as an interdisciplinary field and of the disciplines which constitute it

  • methodological and theoretical approaches to basic concepts within the field of International Studies, the main target areas of International Studies, including the emergence of the international community and the conditions for the co-existence of nations, regions, and cultures

  • problems central to the social and political life of the international society, international institutions, and international human rights.



The student must attain

Skills in:

  • communicating knowledge on the above-mentioned issues in a clear, structured, and comprehensible manners.


The student must attain

Competencies in:

  • using basic theoretical and empirical knowledge for analyzing and working on a concrete issue within the field of International Studies.



Name of examIntroduktion til internationale studier: teorier og metoder
Type of exam
Written exam
The examination is an individual exam portfolio; the content of the portfolio must demonstrate that the student has achieved the above-mentioned learning objectives and has participated actively in course activities. The requirements for the contents of the portfolio will be determined by the course lecturer at the start of the semester.
The portfolio will be evaluated by the examiner.
Any re-examinations will be held in accordance with the above guidelines on the basis of a revised exam portfolio.
Permitted aids
All written and all electronic aids
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleIntroduktion til internationale studier: teorier og metoder
Module codeBALISE20183
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Education ownerBachelor of Arts (BA) in Language and International Studies, English
Study BoardStudy Board of International and Cross‐Cultural Studies
DepartmentDepartment of Culture and Learning
FacultyFaculty of Social Sciences and Humanities