International Relations: A Brief Introduction

In 1919, International Relations (IR) began as a distinct field of study, with the founding of the very first IR professorship: the Woodrow Wilson Chair of IR, at what is now Aberystwyth University in Wales. In 2019, IR has become a well-established academic discipline, which has developed a number of different and exciting ways of examining the intricate relationships between states (e.g. US, Russia, China) and non-state actors (e.g. the UN) in the international system. In this course, we will focus on two key IR theories, Realism and Liberal Internationalism, and will explore how these approaches can illuminate international politics.


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COURSE OUTLINE

  • Introduction to the discipline of International Relations (IR): history and purpose.
  • Realism: key thinkers and their ideas.
  • Liberal Internationalism: key thinkers and their ideas.


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Understand the origins and aims of IR as an academic discipline.
  2. Comprehend the basic structures of the Realist and Liberal Internationalist theories.
  3. Appreciate the role of IR theory in understanding contemporary international politics.
$20 Limited

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21 Oct

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