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POLS540 International Relations Theory

The basic theories and debates in the international relations theory literature. Theories covered include: realism, liberalism, constructivism, Marxism.

Paper title International Relations Theory
Paper code POLS540
Subject Politics
EFTS 0.2500
Points 30 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2019
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,679.75
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $5,250.00

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Limited to
MPols
Contact
politics@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Dr Nicholas Khoo
Paper Structure
  1. Introduction
  2. Levels of Analysis and Causal Argument
  3. Classical Realism
  4. Neo-realism
  5. Defensive Realism, Offensive Realism
  6. Neoclassical Realism
  7. Power Transition
  8. Democratic Peace
  9. Neo-Liberal Institutionalism?
  10. Economic Interdependence?
  11. Constructivism
  12. Case Study: End of the Cold War
  13. Conclusion
Textbooks
No required textbook but there will be a course reader.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
The student will be able to have:
  • The capacity to analyse and evaluate the issues and debates in the international relations theory literature.
  • The ability to conduct independent and self-directed research.
  • The ability to synthesise and integrate information from many sources into an original text.

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Timetable

Not offered in 2019

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

The basic theories and debates in the international relations theory literature. Theories covered include: realism, liberalism, constructivism, Marxism.

Paper title International Relations Theory
Paper code POLS540
Subject Politics
EFTS 0.2500
Points 30 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2020 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Limited to
MPols
Contact
politics@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Dr Nicholas Khoo
Paper Structure
  1. Realism
  2. Liberalism
  3. Constructivism
  4. Marxism
  5. The Cold War: Ancient History or Timely History Lessons?
  6. U.S. Foreign Policy and the Post-Cold War Order: Can the Liberal Order Survive? Should It?
  7. China's Role in Contemporary World Politics: Return to Power?
  8. Nuclear Weapons: Still Relevant?
  9. Regionalism: A Viable Alternative to the State?
  10. Alliances: Redudant or Vital?
  11. The State and Globalization: A boost to State Power or its nemesis?
Textbooks

There will be no course reader for POLS 540. Readings available from Library short loan desk.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
The student will be able to have:
  • The capacity to analyse and evaluate the issues and debates in the international relations theory literature.
  • The ability to conduct independent and self-directed research.
  • The ability to synthesise and integrate information from many sources into an original text.

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Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Monday 10:00-11:50 9-15, 17, 19-22