International Relations - Concepts
University of Otago
Dunedin, New Zealand
Area of Study
International Relations, Political Science
Taught In English
One 100-level POLS paper or 72 points.
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3 - 4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4 - 6
Hours & Credits
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.
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]
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