International Relations - Introduction

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    International Relations - Introduction

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    International Politics, International Relations, Political Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Key elements of modern international relations. Origins and dynamics of the Cold War system, regional developments, the emerging post-Cold War world, perennial international issues and contending analytical perspectives.

    This is a paper that will take you to the world. The focus is on the rise and decline of the bi-polar system, persisting international issues, the contours of the post-Cold War world and the persistence of certain international issues throughout the period in question. It is hoped not only to equip students with an enhanced awareness of what has happened in the international arena, but also promote an understanding of how and why these events have occurred. All lectures are podcast.

    Course Structure
    The structure is divided into six parts and includes:
    -The nature and scope of international relations
    -The development of the Cold War system
    -Enduring issues
    -The emergence of the post-Cold War era
    -Major theoretical disputes

    Learning Outcomes
    -Obtain an intellectual grasp of modern international relations
    -Demonstrate an analytical understanding of the subject in written work and oral communications
    -Demonstrate an enhanced awareness of the rival theoretical approaches to the contemporary world

    Joshua S. Goldstein and Jon C. Pevehouse, International Relations.

    Highly Recommended Books on Close Reserve in Central Library:

    Grieco, Joseph, Ikenberry, John G and Michael Mastanduno, Introduction to International Relations: Enduring Questions and Contemporary Perspectives
    Goldstein, Joshua S and Jon C. Pevehouse., International Relations Kegley, Charles W (Jr.) and Eugene Wittkopf, World Politics: Trends and Transformation
    Kegley, Charles W (Jr.) and Shannon L. Blanton World Politics: Trend and Transformation 2011-2012 Edition
    Heywood, Andrew, Global Politics (2011)Devetak, Richard, Anthony Burke and Jim George, An Introduction to International Relations (2nd edition)
    Karen A. Mingst and Jack L. Snyder, Essential Readings in World Politics (2nd edition)

    Course reader

    There are a number of videos that can be loaned from the Central Library and may be useful aids to certain parts of the course.

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