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Analyzing International Relations



This course explores various theoretical approaches to international relations with a focus on the nature of the international system and the dynamics and evolution of international cooperation and global governance. It builds upon the first-year Introduction to International Relations, complements other mid-level thematic courses, and provides a foundation for more advanced study of international relations.

Course objectives

The course has three specific goals: to develop students’ abilities to interpret and critique classic and contemporary scholarship on international relations; to deepen students’ understanding of the dynamics of international cooperation, global governance and change; and to prepare students for more advanced courses and independent (thesis) research.

Mode of instruction

The principal mode of instruction is lectures, supplemented by optional small group discussions.

Assessment method

Assessment, grading method (in percentages), compensation and re-exams. Do check the programme plan.
Please specify as clear as possible the calculation method of the final grade, this saves a lot of time of the Board of Examiners.
Specify the format of each exam component, the weighting and the grading method.
To complete the final grade, please take notice of the following:
1) the final grade for the course is established by determining the weighted average
2) the final grade for the course is established by (i) determination of the weighted average combined with (ii) additional requirements. These additional requirements generally relate to one or more of the subtests always be sufficient.
Every partial or component grade has to be 5.5 or higher.
To succeed the weighted mean of two or more partial grades has to be 5,5 or higher. Compensation of partial grades is only possible if the partial grade is less then 30% of the final course grade. Specify the compensation.
Also state if and how there is opportunity to re-take the exam (s). It is an option to combine re-exams.

The final grade will be based on an exam composed of multiple-choice questions (50%) and open questions (50%).

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

Reading list

Readings will be journal articles and book chapters available electronically via the university library.


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