Essential Readings in Int'l Relations (GOVT6225)


This unit introduces the students to the Theories of International Relations through an in-depth, close up and rigorous reading of the core texts that have shaped the discipline's history; ranging from classical realism, to various strands of liberalism, constructivism, post-structuralism and post-colonial approaches. Through an active engagement with the discipline's founding texts students will deepen their knowledge of the discipline and hot it has developed in relation to key events in world politics. Seminar discussions will be based on the method of textual analysis.

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1x2hr seminar/week


Seminar Presentation 1000wd (15%), Seminar Discussant 1000wds (15%), 1x 1500wd Literature Review (30%), 1x 2500wd Essay (40%)

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