International Relations - Concepts

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    International Relations - Concepts

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    International Relations, Political Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    One 100-level POLS paper or 72 points.

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Concepts and models used in the analysis of international relations. Actors, processes, instruments, and limitations that structure foreign policy.

    What is the nature of international life and world politics? How did the international system evolve and develop? Why do countries go to war? What are the possibilities for international cooperation? Why are poor countries of the world poor? This paper provides an introduction to some of these perennial questions in the study of world politics, as well as the conceptual and theoretical tools that will guide you in analysing events and issues within the global political system.

    Learning Outcomes
    Develop an understanding of the core concepts and main theoretical approaches in international relations like Realism, Liberalism and Constructivism

    Richard Devetak, Anthony Burke and Jim George (eds.), An Introduction to International Relations, 2nd Edition (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012) [hereafter, DBG]

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Some courses may require additional fees.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.