Description of Required Courses

MA in International Relations



Core Required Courses

International Politics

The course will begin with the major concepts of international relations including the international states system, the state and sovereignty, the balance of power; it will then examine the main theories of international relations including realism, neorealism, idealism and liberalism. It will identify institutions, norms and rules as the foundation for security. The democratic peace theory and interdependence theory will follow. The course will then focus on the key issues of international relations and it will introduce students to international political economy and the significance of markets; It will analyse the significance of the UN and its agencies in establishing the basis for international institutions and international legality. It will also examine international law in the regulation of functional activity in international relations as well human behaviour and will stress legality as a resolution mechanism in international relations.

History of International Relations

This course examines aspects of international relations history from a Eurasian-Pacific perspective. Its objectives are to provide students with an alternative to traditional “Western centered” approaches to the subject, to examine developments in international society from a very long term point of view and to study, in a regional historical context, the operation and efficacy of hegemonic systems, balances of power, concerts of empires and policies of strategic accommodation. The course also looks at the issues of ideological confrontations, clashes of civilizations, transmissions of culture and the emergence of historico-cultural communities. Throughout, comparisons are made between historical patterns that emerged in East Asia and the Pacific, and tendencies that came to prevail in the Mediterranean and North Atlantic worlds.

Advanced Seminars

Advanced Seminars I, II, and III

Students should have completed their second term before enrolling in the advanced seminars. The advanced seminars are intended to provide guidance for students in the process of formulating a thesis/research essay topic, conducting empirical research, exploring appropriate theoretical approaches and methodologies and developing logical, consistent arguments.