1. Introduction and set-up session

This first session provides an introduction to the course. We will discuss:

  • overview of the topics, the themes and the readings.
  • use of the textbook, primary material, and “in the news.”
  • requirements. Mid-term and final exam. Student participation in class discussions. Presentations.
  • use of the web page.

The course provides a basic introduction to the academic study of international relations. We will cover theories of international politics and discuss major issue areas such as war and security, international organizations, international political economy, and international law. Every week we will also read a classical text and discuss issues that appear in the news.

The course will mainly be conducted in the form of lectures, but active student participation is expected. There will be plenty of opportunities to discuss the material we cover. Students are also expected to do one presentation. The final grade will be based on mid-term (33%), final exam (33%) and class participation (33%).

Throughout the course we will rely heavily on this textbook:

but other material will be introduced as well. The textbook can be downloaded as a pdf here.

In addition to the class discussions, we will watch a number of movies together:

  • All Quiet on the Eastern Front
  • The Battle of Algiers
  • The Valley of the Wolves
  • Timbuktu
  • The Quiet American