International Relations Concepts and Theories

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Course Description: 

The purpose of the course is to give students a sense, and explore a part, of the vastness of the archive that contains both major and minor knowledges, vocabularies and intellectual resources to make world politics thinkable and to problematize it in different ways. The course should be of interest to those who think, or have a feeling, that our neoliberal world is not, or should not be, the unsurpassable horizon of thinking and acting. 

Learning Outcomes: 
  • By the end of the course students will be able to compare, contrast and evaluate different interpretations and explanations of world politics;
  • detect the ontological assumptions that are the launch pad for empirical investigations;
  • recognise the interpretative possibilities in any given world political phenomena;
  • critically reflect upon and evaluate their own standpoints on world politics and those of others;
  • distinguish between a well-reasoned argument about world politics and an incoherent one.

The final grade is made up of the following components:

  1. Seminar attendance (mandatory) and participation (20%).
  2. Seminar presentation of assigned texts (20%). Students are expected to give a 20 – 30 minute presentations on one of the seminar readings. Presentation guidelines are posted on the e-learning site.
  3. Within 2 weeks of the oral presentation, students have to submit a written position paper of about 2000 words on their readings (30%).
  4. Final Exam (30%) or Final Paper (to be decided by students)
  5. Please note that these requirements may be modified depending on how many students enrol in the course.