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GOVT1621: Introduction to International Relations

This unit provides students with a foundational understanding in two key areas of international relations. First students will gain an understanding of the history of the international political and economic system, and the forces, events, and processes that have shaped the contemporary international system. Second, students will be introduced to the main theories of international relations and explore how these help explain the forces that shape international relations.

Code GOVT1621
Academic unit Government and International Relations
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. understand the historical context in which the discipline of international relations has emerged
  • LO2. identify the various theoretical approaches to understanding international relations
  • LO3. apply one or more of these theories to contemporary issues in international relations
  • LO4. effectively communicate an understanding of outcomes 1-3
  • LO5. engage in classroom debate regarding competing theories of international relations.