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Video Course 1:
Introduction to International Relations

This course will introduce you to the discipline of International Relations. Whether you are a student or just someone interested in what IR is about, this course will carefully guide you through the basics of this fascinating discipline.

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

In this course, you will get in-depth knowledge and understanding of key realist thinkers, theories and concepts, including real world examples. The course will give you confidence to think and speak about world problems through the lens of the oldest, most powerful IR theory.

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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Video Course 3:
IR Theory: Liberalism

In this course, you will get in-depth knowledge and understanding of key liberalist thinkers, theories and concepts, including real world examples. The course will give you confidence to think and speak about world problems through the lens of the oldest and influential progressive theory of IR.

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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