IR211 International Relations Theories

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Course Code Course Title Weekly Hours* ECTS Weekly Class Schedule
T P
IR211 International Relations Theories 3 1 6 Mon: 11:00-12:50, Wed: 9:00-09:50
Prerequisite IR101 It is a prerequisite to
Lecturer Kristian L. Nielsen Office Hours Schedule Mon 14:00-16:00, Wed: 10:00- 12:00, OR by appointment, use email.
E-mail knielsen@ius.edu.ba
Phone +38733957416 Office / Room No B F1.32
Assistant Endris Mekonnen Faris
E-mail efaris@ius.edu.ba
Course Objectives "• To provide an overview of the main theories of international relations, and some of the major debates within the field • To analyse of major conceptual, methodological and philosophical issues in the field • To improve the students’ skills in critical thinking
Textbook Oliver Daddow, International Relations Theory, 3rd Ed., London: Sage, 2017 Karen Mingst & Jack Snyder, Essential Readings in World Politics, New York: WW Norton, 2001 Laurent Goetschel, Small States inside and outside the European Union, Boston: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1998/2010. Robert Jackson & Georg Sørensen, Introduction to International Relations, 5th ed., Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013. John Mearsheimer, 'Hans Morgenthau and the Iraq War', Open Democracy, 2005 (compendium available from the copy shop in the basement of Building A)
Learning Outcomes After successful  completion of the course, the student will be able to:
  1. Discuss the major and some minor theories of International Relations
  2. Distinguish between the three levels of analysis of the international system
  3. Classify and Describe the major conceptual and theoretical issues of the field
  4. Develop critical reading and writing skills
Teaching Methods Lectures, case studies, text analysis and discussions
WEEK TOPIC REFERENCE
Week 1 Registration week - no class
Week 2 Course introduction Daddow 1, 2, 3 & Mingst 2-4
Week 3 Liberalism Daddow 4 & Mingst 4-6
Week 4 Realism Daddow 5 & Mingst 143-149
Week 5 The Neo-Neo debate + QUIZ 1 Daddow 6 & Mingst 346-357
Week 6 The English School Daddow 7 & Mingst 139-143
Week 7 Midterm exam
Week 8 Marxism Daddow 9 & Mingst 149-157
Week 9 Social constructivism Daddow 8
Week 10 Newer approaches to International Relations I Daddow 10,11 & Mingst 60-67
Week 11 Newer approaches to International Relations II + QUIZ 2 Daddow 12,13,14
Week 12 Small state theories Goetschel 13-31
Week 13 Film: The Falklands Play (UK, 2002)
Week 14 Foreign policy analysis Jackson & Sørensen 251-274
Week 15 Wrapping up
Assessment Methods and Criteria Evaluation Tool Quantity Weight Alignment with LOs
Final Exam 1 40 1, 2, 3, 4
Semester Evaluation Compenents
Quiz 1 1 5 4
Quiz 2 1 5 4
Midterm Exam 1 35 1, 3, 4
Attendance 15
***     ECTS Credit Calculation     ***
 Activity Hours Weeks Student Workload Hours Activity Hours Weeks Student Workload Hours
Lecture Hours 3 13 39 Final exam 1 17 17
Individual Learning 7 12 84 0
Midterm exam 1 10 10
        Total Workload Hours = 150
*T= Teaching, P= Practice ECTS Credit = 6
Course Academic Quality Assurance: Semester Student Survey Last Update Date: 07/10/2019
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