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Bachelor 2019/2020

Introduction to International Relations

Category 'Best Course for Broadening Horizons and Diversity of Knowledge and Skills'
Area of studies: International Relations
When: 2 year, 3, 4 module
Mode of studies: offline
Instructors: Artem Altukhov, Iain Ferguson, Andrej Krickovic, Andrei Skriba
Language: English
ECTS credits: 6

Course Syllabus


The purpose of this course is to equip students to answer fundamental questions about the nature of world politics. We shall cover a broad sweep of international history, from the late middle ages to our current global age. And we shall address all the major theoretical schools of international relations, along with some of the more fringe and innovative perspectives. The idea of covering all this ground is to provide a solid foundation from which students can go on to develop their own interests in specialised IR topics. There is no assumed prior knowledge of international affairs. But to get the most from this course, students are expected to have a genuine interest in world events and a willingness to expand their knowledge of international history and international political theory.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • Explore the evolution of the discipline of international relations (IR) over the past century by examining the changing understandings of order in the modern world
  • Consider the impact of major historical events on the evolution of IR, including the treaties of 1648, Europe’s imperial expansion, the First World War and the ongoing influence of globalisation
  • Introduce students to a range of theoretical tools in order to analyse the behaviour of international actors and the nature of international systems
  • Define and discuss some main concepts within the discipline, including war, peace, the state and power
  • Critically assess challenges facing contemporary international society, including new security issues, global governance and the rise of East Asian actors.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Knows basic approaches in the IR theory
  • Knows history of international relations
  • basic knowledge on English school of IR
  • basic knowledge on realism in IR
  • basic knowledge on liberalism in IR
  • basic knowledge on marxism in IR
  • basic knowledge on constructivism in IR
  • basic knowledge on gender theory in IR
  • basic knowledge on international political economy in IR
  • basic knowledge on poststructuralism in IR
  • knows key concepts of International Relations
  • Can discuss the future of IR
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Introduction to International Relations (IR)
    Introduction to International Relations (IR) The Origins of IR
  • History of IR
    The Short 20th Century; The Post-Cold War World; Globalisation I; Globalisation II
  • Theories of IR
    English School I; English School II;Realism I; Realism II; Liberalism I; Liberalism II; Marxism; Constructivism; Gender Theory; International Political Economy; Critical Theory & Feminism; Poststructuralism
  • Key concepts of IR
    The State; War; Power; Peace; Global Governance; New Security;
  • The future of IR
    China Rising; Analysing International Order
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Seminars activity
  • non-blocking MOCK 1
  • non-blocking MOCK 2
  • non-blocking University of London Exam
    The final examination is organised by the University of London as a three hour written exam via VLE platform. The student will be given a choice of twelve questions, out of which exactly three must be answered in any order. Each question must be answered in the form of a free response essay.
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (4 module)
    0.2 * MOCK 1 + 0.2 * MOCK 2 + 0.4 * Seminars activity + 0.2 * University of London Exam


Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Chan, S., & Zakkour, M. (2014). China’s Super Consumers : What 1 Billion Customers Want and How to Sell It to Them. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=842625
  • Hung-PoHsieh, & 謝宏博. (2016). Cross-Border e-Commerce Studies in Taiwan and Mainland China. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsndl&AN=edsndl.oai.union.ndltd.org.TW.104NCKU5457058
  • Pettis, M., & Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. (2013). Avoiding the Fall : China’s Economic Restructuring. Washington, D.C.: Carnegie Endowment for Int’l Peace. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=641536
  • Russia's Identity in International Relations : Images, Perceptions, Misperceptions, edited by Raymond Taras, Routledge, 2012. ProQuest Ebook Central, https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/hselibrary-ebooks/detail.action?docID=1039305.
  • Гоббс Т. - LEVIATHAN IN 2 VOLUMES. V 1. ЛЕВИАФАН В 2 Т. ТОМ 1 - М.:Издательство Юрайт - 2019 - 284с. - ISBN: 978-5-534-06074-4 - Текст электронный // ЭБС ЮРАЙТ - URL: https://urait.ru/book/leviathan-in-2-volumes-v-1-leviafan-v-2-t-tom-1-441701
  • Гоббс Т. - LEVIATHAN IN 2 VOLUMES. V 2. ЛЕВИАФАН В 2 Т. ТОМ 2 - М.:Издательство Юрайт - 2019 - 266с. - ISBN: 978-5-534-06076-8 - Текст электронный // ЭБС ЮРАЙТ - URL: https://urait.ru/book/leviathan-in-2-volumes-v-2-leviafan-v-2-t-tom-2-441782

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Grotius Society. (1921). The Grotius Society publications : texts for students of international relations. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.13D74A82
  • Hudson, M. O. (2019). Legal Foundations of International Relations. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.910716C1