International Relations


Block 0:           Introduction

Block 1:           Major Theories of International Relations

Block 2:           Issues in International Relations

Block 3:           Methods in International Relations

Block 0


1.A. The meaning of international relations

This block of instruction introduces the student to the modern sovereign state and international relations within the system of states. It then summarizes the six views of international relations covered in the course.

1.B. The historical context and the international system of states

1.C. Survey of the major theories of international relations

Block 1

Major Theories of International Relations

1.A. Realism

This is the core material in the course. This block provides the student with a working understanding of the four classic views—realism, liberalism, international society, and international political economy—and two other prominent views—social constructivism and foreign policy. Each is presented and then critiqued.

1.B. Liberalism

1.C. International Society

1.D. Social Constructivism

1.E. Political Economy

1.F. Foreign Policy

Block 2

Issues in International Relations

2.A. International terrorism

This block of instruction introduces five significant issues in contemporary international relations including international terrorism, global environment, gender issues, sovereignty, and other effects of globalization.

2.B. Global environmental issues

2.C. Gender issues

2.D. Sovereignty

2.E. Globalization

Block 3

Methods in International Relations

3.A. Classical approach

This block discusses the most prominent methodologies used to study international relations. The classical approach is followed by the behavioral approach. Positivist and post-positivist methodology is also covered.

3.B. Behavioral approach

3.C. Positivist approach

3.D. Post-positivist approaches


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