Richard Johnson, politics lecturer

Richard Johnson

Lecturer, International Relations (MSc)

From what study backgrounds do students normally come into your course?

The international relations course has about a 50/50 split between Scottish and international. Currently, we have students from five or six European states, one from Thailand, two from South America, and three from sub-Saharan Africa.

What attracts students to study International Relations at Strathclyde?

Our students choose us because of the course content. We have a wide range of classes that focus on contemporary security, economic, and institutional issues with an empirical focus on explaining state behaviour."

What makes studying International Relations at Strathclyde stand out from other institutions?

We are different from other Scottish and English International Relations programmes as we don't focus on the International Relations political theory (eg Kant, Hobbes, etc). Instead, our students are exposed to contemporary topics and a research focused environment that creates transferable skills.

What do you enjoy most about teaching the course?

Interacting with so many students from different backgrounds is what I enjoy most.

What do students tend to enjoy most about studying International Relations at Strathclyde?

The supportive environment and the ability to interact with staff from around a dozen countries. They also enjoy city-centre living and the social and professional connections they make with their cohort.

What opportunities are there for students on the course to study outwith the classroom?

Students are allowed to find their own placement (domestic or international) in a governmental, non-governmental, or inter-governmental organisation that can be used to motivate their dissertation topic or be used as evidence in their analysis.