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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
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
No required textbook but there will be a course reader.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
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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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Not offered in 2019

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
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