Course Description

Course Name

Special Topics in International Relations I

Session: VSOS3221

Hours & Credits

3 Credits

Prerequisites & Language Level

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.


These are exciting and troubling times to study global politics. The world has entered a period of
dramatic and confusing change. Many of the institutions that shaped and regulated our world's
political life are undergoing rapid evolution or decay, and new institutions are emerging equally
quickly. This course serves as an introduction to international relations. It provides theoretical
tools and frameworks of analysis that permit us better to understand the international system.
The course introduces the fundamental concepts, theories, issues, and problems of international
relations. This class is designed around a number of interlocking elements. In the first place,
lectures present the major theoretical approaches such as realism, liberalism, and constructivism
etc. In the second place, this course will discuss major issues of current international relations.
This course will provide an opportunity for students to understand the workings of international
politics and to analyze states? action in response to them.

Course Requirements
The students are required to read the materials before they come to class. Students are expected
to answer questions and conduct discussions based on the assigned readings. Active participation
is greatly encouraged.

Textbook and other Course Materials:
Art, Robert J. and Robert Jervis. International Politics: Enduring Concepts and Contemporary
Issues, 11 th edition. Longman (A & J)

*Course content subject to change