Paradigms in International Relations
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Course title in Estonian
Rahvusvaheliste suhete paradigmad
Course title in English
Paradigms in International Relations
ECTS credits
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lecturer of 2021/2022  Autumn semester
Matthew Crandall (language of instruction:English)
lecturer of 2021/2022  Spring semester
lecturer not assigned
Course aims
The course helps to develop an understanding of intellectual origins of International Relations (IR) as a discipline and provide an in-depth knowledge of IR theory, based on familiarity with key texts and contributions to the study of IR and their contemporary reception and critique. The course will help students to understand the broader intellectual context of their own research and successfully employ IR theory in their dissertations.
Brief description of the course
The first part of the course investigates the roots of the traditional mainstream IR theories including realism and liberalism. The second part of the course is dedicated to an in-depth analysis of such IR approaches as the English School, structuralism and critical theory, constructivism and post-structuralism, as well as to the critique that these approaches have mounted on the ‘mainstream’ IR, notably realism and liberalism. Post-Western IR is included as well.
Learning outcomes in the course
Upon completing the course the student:
- understands the historical and social context of the discipline of IR;
- understands of different theoretical approaches to the study of international relations and the can use theory in research.
Terry McDonald