International Relations and Development


International relations is one of the most complex and intellectually exciting domains of human social interaction. The study of international relations has traditionally focused on interactions between sovereign states, with an emphasis on why states go to war and the conditions favouring interstate cooperation. Issues on this ‘traditional agenda’ remain crucially important. However, as the world has become politically, economically, socially and ecologically more interdependent, scholars have devoted more attention to a ‘new agenda’, which includes questions previously excluded from the study of international relations, either because they were deemed unimportant or irrelevant, or because they had not emerged as political realities. This course is designed to introduce Participants to the concepts and issues associated with both agendas, and to provide conceptual tools for them to understand better the changing nature of modern international relations.

Course Deliverables

Demonstrate comprehension of theories of international relations including realism, idealism, liberalism, neorealism, integrationism, interdependence, dependency, world system and regime;
Tell exact locations of major countries on a world map and explain what problems those countries are facing;
Demonstrate understanding of the causes and processes of modern international issues;
Differentiate the concept of internationalization from that of globalization;
Skillfully use extensive sources of information including internet, government publications, professional journals, and newspaper;
Demonstrate critical thinking skills through research paper writing and discussion.