Course Description

Course Name

Principles of International Relations

Session: VSOS3221

Hours & Credits

3 Credits

Prerequisites & Language Level

Taught In English

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


Course Overview
This course examines leading contemporary theories of international relations, showing how each theory contributes uniquely to the larger literature. The main objectives of the course are to provide students with a useful set of analytical tools, an appreciation of the different approaches to it, and an understanding of some of the major issues facing contemporary policymakers. The course will also discuss current issues such as regionalism and humanitarian interventions. In addition, it offers students an opportunity to refine presentation and discussion skills.


  • Students are expected to read all required readings each week and participate in discussions regularly during lectures.
  • There will be group presentations. Students will be divided into several groups and each group will make the presentation on the chosen topic. There is no group paper. Extra readings for these presentations are recommended.
  • There will be a midterm and final examination.

John Baylis and Steve Smith, The Globalization of World Politics: An Introduction to International Relations


*Course content subject to change