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Introduction to International Relations: History and Theory


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International relations is a dynamic discipline that focuses on how various actors (including nation-states, multinational corporations, and inter-governmental and non-governmental organisations) interact and pursue often conflicting agendas beyond national borders.

This short course, Introduction to International Relations: History and Theory, will provide you with an overview of the historical evolution of the international state system from its origins in the early modern period to the age of globalisation and contemporary multipolarity.

We plan to cover the following content:

  • The Origins of the International Order
  • The Short Twentieth Century
  • From Unipolarity to Multipolarity
  • Realism and Neorealism
  • Liberalism and Neoliberalism
  • Marxism and Postcolonialism
  • Constructivism and Feminism
  • Morality and Human Rights
  • History, Theory, Analysis

Assessment is via a 1000-word essay (40%), 1500-word take-home test (50%) and seminar log (10%).

This can be taken as a standalone short course or as a part of:

15 credits at level 4

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    Most of our short courses have no formal entry requirements and are open to all students.

    This short course has no prerequisites.

    As part of the enrolment process, you may be required to submit a copy of a suitable form of ID.

    International students who wish to come to the UK to study a short course can apply for a Visitor visa. Please note that it is not possible to obtain a Student visa to study a short course.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    You register directly onto the classes you would like to take. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis - so apply early. If you wish to take more than one short course, you can select each one separately and then register onto them together via our online application portal. There is usually no formal selection process, although some modules may have prerequisites and/or other requirements, which will be specified where relevant.