Paradigms in International Relations
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Course title in Estonian
Rahvusvaheliste suhete paradigmad
Course title in English
Paradigms in International Relations
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lecturer of 2019/2020  Autumn semester
Matthew Crandall (inglise keel) tavaline kursus
lecturer of 2019/2020  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.
Independent work
Students are expected to be active participants in the seminars and write a final paper. Additional assignments may vary according to the specific semester.
Learning outcomes in the course
Understanding of the historical and social context of the discipline of IR;
In-depth understanding of different theoretical approaches to the study of international relations and the ability to use theory in research.
Assessment methods
Check the specific course programme. Grading will be A-E
Terry McDonald
Study literature
Dunne, T.; Kurki, M.; Smith, S. (eds.) (2006). International Relations Theories Discipline and Diversity; Boucher, D. (1998). Political Theories of International Relations.