Courses Catalogue

Theories Of International Relations

COURSE CODE: IRD7111
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 3
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: International Relations and Diplomatic Studies, Master
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: College of Humanities and Social Sciences
STATUS: Core
PROGRAMME TYPE: Postgraduate

Course Description

This unit will explore the foundational assumptions employed within international relations theory, the major theoretical perspectives within the discipline, and several prominent issue areas within international relations. Students will read some of the major theoretical works within international relations and discuss them in interactive lectures. Students will also explore the strengths, weaknesses, similarities, and differences of these works in their writing assignments.

COURSE OBJECTIVE(S)

  • To identify and discuss foundational theories employed in international relations and the major theoretical perspectives within the discipline
  • To identify leading authors in the IR field
  • To trace the evolution of IR theories over time
  • To apply theoretical frameworks to understanding practical international relations issues and the behaviour of actors in international politics in light of IR theories.

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

  • Identify and discuss the major theories of international relations
  • Identify leading authors in the IR field
  • Trace the historical evolution of IR theory over time
  • Apply theoretical frameworks to understanding practical international relations issues and the behaviour of actors in international politics in light of IR theories