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International Relations: Theory and Approaches



International Relations is a diverse discipline. The identity, intellectual history, institutional bases, geographical boundaries and thematic focus of the discipline have always been contested. This course provides an introduction to International Relations that takes this diversity as its point of departure. We begin in Part I by examining the discipline’s historical development and its major approaches. In Part II, we focus on contemporary theoretical and methodological debates. Part III turns to key concepts such as power, sovereignty and legitimacy. Finally, Part IV examines substantive processes and issues.

Methods of Instruction

Seminar and presentation.


Approximately 1500 pages.


Presentations, review articles, and a final essay of ~ 4000 words.


Pieter de la Courtbuilding Leiden:
Wednesday 7 September till 26 October, 15.00-17.00 hrs. in 1A33 and
Monday 12 September till 24 October, 15.00-17.00 hrs. in 1A33 (except 3 October: Leidens Ontzet, instead of that meeting: Friday 7 October, 11.00-13.00 hrs. in 1A33)