Assessment 2 Case Study (50%)
Submissions of your Case Study Report (circa 3,500 words) following lectures and class discussions in week 6
- Submission of a case study based on a ‘real world’ case or conflict situation of your choice relevant to concepts and issues in International Relations. Subject to tutor’s agreement.
In this assessment you will further develop your knowledge of IR concepts and issues. You will demonstrate your ability to work autonomously to produce work within complex, unpredictable and specialized fields to a standard expected of a manager in an international organisation. The Case Study allows you to create an original response to a given problem by integrating theories and strategies from across disciplines.
You should use a report/case study format:
Guidelines for case analysis
- Explore the problem using diagrams such as multiple case and rich pictures to make sure that you can agree on the ‘symptoms’ of the problem and the possible features of the situation relevant to this.
- When you feel you understand the problem situation, define the problem facing the organisation or protagonist in the case study, - use theories/ideas you have learnt throughout the course (this module and others) as a framework for diagnosing the underlying causes of the ‘symptoms’ presented in the case
- What criteria will solve the problem or what action can be taken to improve the situation – remember the client’s/protagonist’s objectives at this stage
- If you have diagnosed the problem correctly, often the type of action needed will become fairly obvious – but you may need to generate alternatives for action
- Evaluate the options by exploring what it would take to implement them – what effects are they likely to have – check how well they score against your criteria for a solution
- Design an implementation strategy (if this is part of your brief) which will meet the needs of the client/protagonist. Ensure the strategy will be
- feasible in cost and other terms
- acceptable to other stakeholders in the situation