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

    Upper

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

    18
  • 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

    Textbooks
    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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