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Analyzing International Relations



This course builds upon the first year course Introduction to International Relations. It explores various theoretical approaches to critical issues such as the causes of war, the sources of nuclear proliferation, the challenge of global environmental protection, and the international consequences of the rise of China.

Course Objectives

Objective 1: To deepen students’ understanding of key issues and dynamics in international relations.
Objective 2: To deepen students’ understanding of the logic and observable implications of major theories of international relations.

Mode of Instruction

The principal mode of instruction is lecture. All lectures and assigned readings will be in English.


Most readings will be drawn from Karen A. Mingst, Jack L. Snyder, Heather Elko McKibben, eds. ESSENTIAL READINGS IN WORLD POLITICS (7th ed, 2019). Note: earlier editions of this book contain some of the same readings but the 7th edition contains a lot of new material that will be assigned. Some other readings may be from internet sources. All readings must be completed during the week for which they are assigned.


All students should enroll on the course’s Brightspace site before the first lecture session.

Assessment Method

The first exam and the retake exam will be composed of multiple choice and open answer questions.

The time and location of inspection and debriefing of the exam will be announced via Blackboard no later than the publication of the grades.


See general information on tab 'Year 2'

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