POLS6010/ESPS2104 - International Relations Theories

Course value: 0.5 unit
Convenor: Dr Kristin M. Bakke
Duration: One Term (Term 1)
Teaching structure: One-hour lecture and one-hour seminar
Assessment: 2 assessed essays of 2,000 words (40% and 60% respectively)
Available to: All Years and Affiliates. ESPS students should register on ESPS2104, all non-ESPS students should apply for POLS6010 through the Department of Political Science.


Course Description:

The course introduces students to the major theoretical traditions in International Relations— Realism, Liberalism, Marxism, Constructivism, and Feminism— and uses these different theories to address historical and current events in world politics.

The course aims to link theory and the “real world” by providing the students with different lenses for understanding and explaining questions related to wars, nuclear weapons, terrorism, globalization and free trade.