Introduction to International Relations

Queen Mary, University of London

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introduction to International Relations

  • Host University

    Queen Mary, University of London

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study

    International Relations

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • UK Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Credits: 15.0
    Overlap: None
    Prerequisite: None
    This module provides an introduction to the study of international relations. Specifically, we focus on four main themes that will allow you to grasp the complexities of the contemporary global order: capitalism, (post)colonialism, security, and development. You will also become acquainted with the analytical tools that are needed to think critically about international relations through these themes: a historical sensibility (i.e. how situations have elements of both continuity and change), an understanding of political-economy (i.e. why the economy is political), an understanding of the security-development nexus (i.e. how the quest for security ¿ freedom from fear -and development ¿ freedom from want -are contentiously linked), and the importance of resistance and ¿situated knowledges¿ (i.e. your understanding of international relations might be different depending on where and how you are situated in the world). Empirically, we will explore the Cold War and the post-Cold War global orders - their similarities and differences.
    Assessment: 40.0% Coursework, 60.0% Examination
    Level: 4

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