International Relations and Development

Executive Leadership and Management of Organisations

Course Overview

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 Objectives

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.

Course Outline

  • Introductory session: administration and logistics
  • What is the difference between international history and international relations? Sources, approaches and methods
  • Modern imperial geopolitics: the origins of international relations?
  • The rise of public opinion and the invention of international relations 
  • The twenty years’ crisis: e. H. Carr, realism versus idealism      
  • Alliances and post-war planning: the second world war and the institutionalisation of ir
  • The bipolar world: containment and beyond
  • The global cold war   I  : decolonisation, and marxist leninism
  • The global cold war ii: the poverty of international theory, the english school and the 1960s
  • The global cold war iii: détente, technology and neo-liberal institutionalism
  • International political economy: trade, aid and sanctions     
  • The fallacy of the end of history: ethnic conflict, neo-liberal imperialism and weberian historical sociology
  • Post 9/11: an interdependent world system or a shifting balance of power – what is the future of ir?
  • Realism and Liberalism 
  • Critical Theory and Feminism 
  • Constructivism and Norms 
  • Human Rights and Humanitarian War 
  • Security and War     
  • International Law 
  • International Order & the Cold War's end 
  • Terrorism and the War on Terror 
  • International Institutions 
  • Globalization and IPE 
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