International Relations - Introduction
University of Otago
Dunedin, New Zealand
Area of Study
International Politics, International Relations, Political Science
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3 - 4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4 - 6
Hours & Credits
Key elements of modern international relations. Origins and dynamics of the Cold War system, regional developments, the emerging post-Cold War world, perennial international issues and contending analytical perspectives.
This is a paper that will take you to the world. The focus is on the rise and decline of the bi-polar system, persisting international issues, the contours of the post-Cold War world and the persistence of certain international issues throughout the period in question. It is hoped not only to equip students with an enhanced awareness of what has happened in the international arena, but also promote an understanding of how and why these events have occurred. All lectures are podcast.
The structure is divided into six parts and includes:
-The nature and scope of international relations
-The development of the Cold War system
-The emergence of the post-Cold War era
-Major theoretical disputes
-Obtain an intellectual grasp of modern international relations
-Demonstrate an analytical understanding of the subject in written work and oral communications
-Demonstrate an enhanced awareness of the rival theoretical approaches to the contemporary world
Joshua S. Goldstein and Jon C. Pevehouse, International Relations.
Highly Recommended Books on Close Reserve in Central Library:
Grieco, Joseph, Ikenberry, John G and Michael Mastanduno, Introduction to International Relations: Enduring Questions and Contemporary Perspectives
Goldstein, Joshua S and Jon C. Pevehouse., International Relations Kegley, Charles W (Jr.) and Eugene Wittkopf, World Politics: Trends and Transformation
Kegley, Charles W (Jr.) and Shannon L. Blanton World Politics: Trend and Transformation 2011-2012 Edition
Heywood, Andrew, Global Politics (2011)Devetak, Richard, Anthony Burke and Jim George, An Introduction to International Relations (2nd edition)
Karen A. Mingst and Jack L. Snyder, Essential Readings in World Politics (2nd edition)
There are a number of videos that can be loaned from the Central Library and may be useful aids to certain parts of the course.
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