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Introduction to International Relations

Course
Bachelor’s level
15 credits (ECTS)
Study pace
100%
Time
Day
Location
Göteborg
Study form
Campus
Language
English
Duration
-
Application open
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Application code
GU-16716
Tuition
Full education cost: 21 250 SEK
First payment: 21 250 SEK

No fees are charged for EU and EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students.

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Summary

The purpose of the course is to provide a broad overview of the different theoretical perspectives that have dominated International Relations as a subject since the beginning of the 20th century. The course provides you with the theoretical tools to be able to understand how global issues are perceived and explained in different ways depending on theoretical perspectives as well as historical context.

About

The purpose of the course is to provide a broad overview of the different theoretical perspectives that have dominated International Relations as a subject since the beginning of the 20th century. The course begins with a comprehensive discussion about liberalism and realism, covering their contemporary expressions, such as neoliberal institutionalism and neorealism, as well as Marxist challenges, for example, World-systems Theory and Critical Theory. We will briefly cover the most important debates and theories within contemporary challenges and historical interpretations of theories within International Relations, with a special focus on social constructivism, postmodernism, and postcolonialism.

The course provides you with the theoretical tools to be able to understand how global issues are perceived and explained in different ways depending on theoretical perspectives as well as the historical context so that you can examine the underlying assumptions behind the different theories, identify the key actors as well as the practices and processes relevant to different perspectives. 

All the theories, both classical and contemporary, will be discussed through a feministic and green perspective to the extent possible. By providing alternative theoretical frameworks, the course allows for the interpretation of a multifaceted picture of the world political history. It will also establish the essential theoretical perspectives and debates in a historical context. 

The course focuses on:

  • the different historical stages and events in the rise of the current global order;
  • giving special attention to the significance of the post-war period in the establishment of international institutions;
  • and the Cold War’s and contemporary globalization processes role in contemporary global politics.

The course has a combination of various educational forms, such as regular lectures, seminars, individual assignments, and peer reviews. Throughout the course, you get to practice academic writing and participate in discussion exercises. 
Do you have any questions? Please contact our Study Counsellors:
https://www.gu.se/en/globalstudies/study-counselling

Prerequisites and selection

Requirements

General entrance requirements

Selection

Selection is based upon average grade from upper secondary school (34 %), the number of credits from previous university studies (33 %) and Högskoleprovet - Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test (33 %).

For admission to the summer 2021 and onward the following selection applies: selection is based upon average grade from upper secondary school (34 %), the number of credits from previous university studies, maximum 165 credits (33 %) and Högskoleprovet - Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test (33 %).

After graduation

International Relations give you knowledge and tools to understand and analyse an increasingly complex global order and work with various international issues in a range of different areas. Competence within International Relations is demanded by state institutions, municipal organizations, private sector organizations, interstate organizations such as the EU, and the UN, as well as within civil society.

Facilities

Our lectures and seminars are held in Annedalseminariet in Linnéstaden, close to the public park Slottsskogen.