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Introduction to International Relations will introduce and critically analyse the major IR theoretical traditions. Because of the complexity of world politics, we need assumptions (i.e., criteria for thinking about what and how to study world politics) to guide our study. The different traditions – or "-isms" – provide us with these assumptions and offer us a set of different lenses through which to explore world politics. Our major aim here is to pinpoint the central tenets of competing IR theoretical approaches. The module, through practical application of theories, will explore the ways in which the main theoretical traditions compare and contrast.
2-hour exam (45%), essay (45%), Participation (10%)
The aims of this course are to:
By the end of this module, students should be able to:
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