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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 international relations with a particular focus on the dynamics of international conflict and cooperation (related to issues of war & peace, human rights, trade, environmental protection, and more) and the dynamics of global change (such as globalization and anti-globalization, technological change, the rise of China, and more).

Course Objectives

Objective 1: To deepen students’ understanding of key issues and dynamics in international relations.
Objective 2: To develop students’ ability to use theories of international relations to think critically and to identify patterns and processes ‘behind the headlines.’

Mode of Instruction

All lectures and assigned readings will be in English.


Readings (approximately 3-5 per week) will be drawn from journal articles and book chapters accessible online from the university library, plus other materials from the internet. 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 questions (worth 40% of the grade) and essay/open answer questions (worth 60% of the grade).

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


See 'Practical Information'.

Timetable courses and exams