Introduction to International Relations

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introduction to International Relations

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    International Affairs, International Politics, International Relations, International Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

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

    This course is an introduction to the principal concepts, issues and theoretical debates within the field of International Relations. Topics covered include: power, diplomacy, the United Nations, arms control, terrorism, developmental politics, civil society and international political economy. Upon completion of the course, students should have a good basic understanding of international relations and a solid foundation for taking upper-level courses on the subject. 55% internal assessment, 45% examination. This course may also be able to be taken towards a major in POLS. See major requirements for details.

    Learning Objectives
    Students passing this course should be able to:
    1. demonstrate a critical understanding of the core theoretical approaches to international relations;
    2. demonstrate a critical understanding of the core actors, events and debates within international relations;
    3. develop their capacity for critical engagement with texts and other sources of information;
    4. prepare and structure an essay that is cogent and persuasive;
    5. conduct independent research;
    6. test theories using empirical data.

    Essay one- 30%
    Essay two- 30%
    Final exam- 40%

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