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Introduction to International Relations and Organizations



A broad introduction to the international political system, main theories of international politics and foreign policy making, and the nature of main international organizations such as the UN and its agencies and programs, regional organizations, NATO, as well as international non-governmental organizations. The focus is on maintaining peace, security, human rights, care for the global environment and socio-economic progress.

Course objectives

To improve understanding of how the global and regional systems work, the main problems of international governance, and how to tackle global policy issues more effectively.


See timetable Rooster Bachelor

Mode of instruction

Lectures, writing 3 essays of 2 pages each, readings of about 600 pages

Assessment method

The course grade depends for 50% on the exam, for 25% on the first assignment and for 25% on the second assignment.

You can find more information about assessments and the timetable exams on the website.
Details for submitting papers (deadlines) are posted on Blackboard.
On the Public Administration front page of the E-guide you will find links to the website, uSis and Blackboard.

Students will be permitted to resit an examination if they have taken the first sit and earned a mark between 3 and 5.5 or with permission of the Board of Examiners.

Resit written exam
Students that want to take part in a resit for a written exam, are required to register via uSis. Use the activity number that can be found on the ‘timetable exams’.


Some materials will be on Blackboard

Reading list

Kaarbo J., and Ray J. Global Politics, Wadsworth Cengage Learning Publishers, 608 pp. (most recent edition)



Students need to register for lectures and work group sessions in uSis. It is not possible to take a course without a valid registration. Please consult the course registration website for information on registration periods and further instructions.


Use both uSis and Blackboard to register for every course.
Register for every course and workgroup via uSis. Some courses and workgroups have a limited number of participants, so register on time (before the course starts). In uSis you can access your personal schedule and view your results. Registration in uSis is possible from four weeks before the start of the course.
Also register for every course in Blackboard. Important information about the course is posted here.

Contact information

Coordinator of this course: Vasileios P. Karakasis