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Durham University

School of Government & International Affairs

School of Government and International Affairs


'Our graduates confidently face the future. They are globally engaged, analytically acute, culturally literate and grounded in a place, Durham, that won’t ever leave them, no matter where in the world they go – and they go everywhere.'

Professor John Williams, Head of Department


World Rankings

Record success in QS World Subject Rankings

Durham is one of the world’s leading universities as shown by our world top 100 position in the QS World University Rankings 2019, where we are ranked 74th

A record 18 Durham subjects are also in the world top 100 of the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019, including ten in the world top 50 and three in the world top ten.


 

Undergraduate Study

We offer an education that goes beyond the job market, our education is about being better human beings and good citizens. Active citizenship requires awareness, participation plus the ability to understand and assess public debates.

 
 

 
 

Postgraduate Study

We pride ourselves on turning students into independent researchers who take responsibility for their own learning. With 71% of the Department's research either Internationally Excellent or World Leading (REF 2014) we combine a long tradition of expertise with a depth of specialism that is truly unique.

 

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New article by SGIA doctoral candidate Christian Braun: The Catholic presumption against war revisited

In this article in International Relations, Christian Braun explains how the debate about the presumption against war continues to be relevant by engaging with the general direction the Catholic Church has taken up until Pope Francis and by investigating the particular example of its position on drone warfare. 

(10 Oct 2019)


Centre for Political Thought Call for Papers: 200 Years of Modern Liberty: Bicentenary Celebration of Benjamin Constant’s Lecture on Ancient and Modern Liberty

Workshop, Durham University, 4-5 December 2019. If interested in presenting a paper at the workshop, please send a short bio and an abstract of max 1000 words to g.p.harris@durham.ac.uk by 30 September 2019. Successful applicants will be notified by 5 October.

(5 Aug 2019) » More about Centre for Political Thought Call for Papers: 200 Years of Modern Liberty: Bicentenary Celebration of Benjamin Constant’s Lecture on Ancient and Modern Liberty


New article by Dr Lena Opfermann: Language, trust and transformation: exploring theatre as a research method with migrant youth

This article by Dr Lena Opfermann (Durham Global Security Institute) is published in the International Journal of Social Research Methodology and explores the challenges and benefits of using theatre as a research method.

(31 Jul 2019)



Wednesday 16 October 2019

Redistricting, Political Capital and the Personal Vote

4:00pm to 5:30pm, Al-Qasimi Building, IM 101

The Centre for Institutions and Political Behaviour is hosting Dr. Brenda van Coppenolle (Essex University) for a talk on Unbreakable Legacies? Redistricting, Political Capital and the Personal Vote.

Contact p.m.kuhn@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Saturday 19 October 2019

Current Affairs Forum ‘US-China Trade War’

10:00am to 12:00pm, 102, Al-Qasimi Building, SGIA, Durham University

The Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies at SGIA invites you to the above forum.

Contact g.c.k.cheung@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


‘US-China Trade War’

10:00am to 12:00pm, Al-Qasimi Building, IM 102

Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies invites you to this Current Affairs Forum

Contact g.c.cheung@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Monday 21 October 2019

Recent Reforms in Employment Relations in the PRC

6:30pm to 8:00pm, Room IM102, SGIA, Al-Qasimi Building, Durham University, Dr William Taylor, City University of Hong Kong

Public Lecture organised by the Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies in SGIA.

All welcome.

Contact g.c.k.cheung@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.