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Video Course 1:
Introduction to International Relations

What You Will Get in This Course:

  • Understand what we mean by the subject of International Relations

  • Understand why International Relations is about global organisation of political authority

  • Learn the history of the International Relations discipline

  • Understand the Great Debates of International Relations

  • Learn about the key books, magazines and websites on International Relations

  • Understand what theory is about

  • Recognise the differences between explanatory, predictive and normative theories

  • Understand 3 levels of analysis

  • Learn the key tenets of classical liberalism and neoliberalism

  • Learn the key tenets of classical realism and neorealism

  • Learn about competing theoretical perspectives on globalisation

  • Learn the key tenets of social constructivism and feminism

  • Understand how the system of modern statehood has evolved

  • Learn about international relations in Medieval Europe

  • Recognise the importance of the Peace of Augsburg and Peace of Westphalia for modern statehood

  • Understand how International Relations look differently from the Chinese perspective

  • Learn about war and the causes of war

  • Learn about different theoretical ideas for international peace

  • Understand the role of League of Nations and United Nations in international peace

  • Understand the role of European integration in international peace

  • Learn about the International Political Economy and Bretton Woods institutions

  • Understand the differences between Liberalism, Realism and Marxism in Int. Political Economy

  • Learn about the impact of COVID-19 on nationalism and globalisation

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Video Course 2:
IR Theory: Realism

What You Will Get in This Course:

  • Think and speak about world problems through the lens of the oldest, most powerful and influential theory of International Relations

  • Identify and understand the idea of key realist thinkers, including Thucydides, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Morgenthau, Waltz and Mearsheimer

  • Recognise the value of Ancient Greek Peloponnesian War to understand the principles of world politics

  • Understand why Machiavelli is realism’s ‘dark character’ and why his perspective on government is so demoralised

  • Understand what Hobbes meant by ‘state of nature‘ in his groundbreaking masterpiece Leviathan and how it’s relevant to realism

  • Identify the key components of classical realism, particularly the notion of the flawed human nature and interest defined as power, as advanced by Morgenthau

  • Understand the original features of Waltz’s neorealism, including his emphasis on the international system and anarchy

  • Identify the distinguishing features of Mearsheimer’s offensive realism and his focus on the pursuit of power

  • Understand the realist perspective on coronavirus

  • Understand the realist perspective on US foreign policy, including war in Iraq, NATO expansion, Persian Gulf policy, Afghanistan, Iran & Israel

  • Understand the realist perspective on the rise of China

  • Recognise the original contribution of neoclassical realism, including key works

  • Learn 6 practical tips for incorporating realism into your academic essays and dissertations

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What You Will Get in This Course:

  • Think and speak about world problems through the lens of the oldest progressive theory of International Relations

  • Identify and understand the ideas of the founders of liberalism, including John Locke, David Hume, Hugo Grotius and Immanuel Kant

  • Become an expert on modern liberalist thinkers, including Norman Angell, Woodrow Wilson, Robert Keohane, Joseph Nye, Francis Fukuyama

  • Understand the differences between classical liberalism and neoliberalism

  • Understand the differences between neoliberalism and neorealism

  • Recognise how the liberal principle of human rights has its roots in the philosophy of John Locke and David Hume

  • Understand how the idea of international law dates back to Hugo Grotius

  • Understand why Immanuel Kant is so important for the liberal idea of international peace

  • Understand the liberalist perspective on the Responsibility to Protect (R2P)

  • Become an expert on Norman Angell – the Nobel Peace Prize laureate for his work on war and international institutions

  • Understand why Woodrow Wilson is the most important historical figure for the liberal International Relations theory

  • Identify the key elements in Robert Keohane’s neoliberal programme of studying international organisations

  • Understand the difference between absolute gains and relative gains

  • Understand why Fukuyama proclaimed the ‘end of history‘ in 1989, what he meant and whether he was right

  • Identify the key elements and real world examples of international regimes

  • Become an expert on Joseph Nye’s concept of soft power and smart power

  • Understand democratic peace theory – a key modern liberal research programme

  • Understand the liberalist perspective on European integration and the European Union

  • Understand the liberalist perspective on the United Nations

  • Learn 6 practical tips for incorporating liberalism into your academic essays and dissertations

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