PO486 – Theories of International Relations – 0.5 Credit

This course explores the evolution of the field of international relations by examining the key theoretical approaches. These include realism, neo-realism, liberal approaches, historical materialism, rational choice, the English and Italian schools, feminism, constructivism and postmodernism. These contending perspectives are examined with an eye to exploring their respective contributions to an understanding of global politics. In the process, prevailing epistemological debates are explored. New directions in IR theory are investigated, including the relationship between theory and practice, shifts away from the state as the primary actor, and the move toward ethics and global governance. Prerequisites Year 4 Honours Political Science, and PO231 and PO232 (or permission of the department). Exclusions PO497v.  




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