INTA 601: INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

Credits: 
3

The course explores the foundations of International Relations in its classical, evolutionary and contemporary frameworks. It examines the scope, methods and tools of analysis, and probes the three contending theories of the field, namely: realism, liberalism and globalism. Important concepts, including the following are clarified: structure, actors, power, and levels of analysis; balance of power and polarity; the national interest; foreign policy and decision-making; co-operation, interdependence, regimes and international organisations. Critical to the course is the political economy of international relations, which covers such issues as regionalism, integration and the developing world, globalisation and the contradictions of global capitalism.