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Theory of International Relations

International Relations
Enrollment in this course is by invitation only

About This Course

Deepen the student’s understanding about the theoretical fundamentals of International Relations in analytical as well as in historical terms,so they can get to know the variety of theories in international relations.This course covers not only the most important theories like the liberalism, realism and constructivism, but also theories like the marxism, postmodernism and the english school. It is also important to understand the main theoretical debates in international relations.

Course Content

1. Introduction: disciplinary and scientific autonomy, object, method, concepts and theory

2. What is a theory of international relations?

3. Great debates in international relations theory

  a) Realists versus Idealists

  b) Traditionalism versus Behaviouralism

  c) Neorealism versus Neoliberalism

  d) Positivist ( rationalists) versus Post-positivist ( reflectivists)

4. Classical realism

5. Structural realism/neorealism

  a) The balance of power theory

  b) Defensive realism

  c) Offensive realism

6. Neoclassical realism

7. Liberalism

  a) Idealism versus liberalism

  b) Kant and the Perpetual Peace

8. Neoliberalism

  a) Complex interdependence

9. English school

10. Marxism

  a) Marx and Engels

  b) Dialectical materialism

11. Constructivism

12. Critical theory

13. Postmodernism /Post-structuralism

14. Post-colonialism


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Bull, H., The Anarchical Society, Nova York, Columbia University Press, 1977

Keohane, R. After Hegemony: Cooperation and Discord in the World Political Economy