MSFS-510 International Relations: Theory and Practice
Fall for 2015-2016
The first part of the course offers a brief historical background to the theory of international relations. Part II examines in detail mainstream theoretical arguments (i.e., structural, unit-level, cognitive and world society) about the nature of international relations and seeks to demonstrate the utility of theory for practitioners. The third part of the course applies these theories to a variety of important issues such as nationalism, ethics, environmental change, security, North-South relations, and trade and development. The course concludes with a discussion of several scenarios of the future that emphasize different trends in international relations.The main objectives of the course are to provide students with a useful set of analytical tools, an appreciation of the complexity of the field and of the value of different approaches to it, and an understanding of some of the major issues facing contemporary policymakers. In addition, the course offers students an opportunity to refine presentation and discussion skills.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None

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