International Relations Theories (POL4104.01)

Rotimi Suberu

Realism, Liberalism, Marxism, and Constructivism have traditionally dominated theoretical perspectives in the academic field of international relations. As the field has evolved, however, its theoretical foundations and frameworks have become more complex, diverse and innovative, defying easy classifications into any self-contained categories. This course provides an advanced exploration of contemporary international relations theories. The course will survey a broad range of theoretical approaches to international relations (including mainstream and critical, established and emergent, and western and non-western, theoretical traditions); critically discuss and appraise major examples and applications of international relations theorizing; and challenge students to craft their own theoretical positions on international politics.

Learning Outcomes:
At the end of this course, you should be able to:
(1) discuss international relations' theoretical evolutions and transformations as a field of study;
(2) assess how major developments in international affairs have shaped (and have been shaped by) international relations' theories;
(3) critically analyze and compare contending theories of international relations;
(4) articulate and justify a preferred theoretical position on international politics.

Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Prerequisites: Previous coursework in SCT or CAPA. Preference will be given to students who email ( on a first come first serve basis.
Course Level: 4000-level
Credits: 2
M/Th 10:00AM - 11:50AM (1st seven weeks)
Maximum Enrollment: 16
Course Frequency: Every 2-3 years

Categories: All courses , Fully In-Person , Politics
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