Introduction to International Relations
What you'll learn
- Understand what we mean by the subject of International Relations
- Understand why International Relations is about global organization 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 neo-liberalism
- Learn the key tenets of classical realism and neo-realism
- 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 The Peace of Augsburg and Treaty 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 competing theoretical perspectives on globalisation
- Learn about the impact of COVID-19 on nationalism and globalisation
- The course is designed for beginners and therefore does not require prior education in Politics or International Relations.
- No upfront reading is necessary. In the course, students will learn about some of the most influential books on each topic.
- For convenience, handouts for each lecture are provided and can be downloaded.
This course will introduce you to the discipline of International Relations. Whether you are a student or just someone interested in what International Relations is about, this course will carefully guide you through the basics of this fascinating academic discipline.
BONUS 1: Access to my closed LinkedIn Master Mind group Geopolitics, Strategy, Career (see below)
BONUS 2: PDF handouts with all slides for each part of the course
BONUS 3: Practice quizzes to test your understanding of the material
The course is ideal for beginners with no prior university education because it allows you to understand the basics of the discipline. Although it is designed for beginners, the course will give you confidence to speak about International Relations with much greater confidence.
You will understand the history of International Relations as a discipline as well as the major theories of IR. You will also learn about theory as such - what it is and different kinds of theories. Equipped with this fundamental knowledge, you will then explore the key topics forming the core of International Relations at any university:
the evolution of sovereign states states,
the causes of war and conflict
the struggle for peace and international organisations
international political economy
Sure, there are many other topics which could be covered under the label International Relations, but this course is designed as a complete introduction to give you solid knowledge and understanding of the core elements of this fascinating discipline.
What You Will Get in This Course
Here is a summary of what you will learn 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 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 competing theoretical perspectives on globalisation
Learn about the impact of COVID-19 on nationalism and globalisation
Closed LinkedIn Group
After you enrol, you will get a link to my closed, invite-only LinkedIn Master Mind group Geopolitics, Strategy, Career.
In this group, you can expect:
Access to my podcasts and other expert content before I share it with anyone else
My top reading recommendations
Educational and career advise
Exclusive Udemy discounts before I share them with my other Udemy students
Ability to ask questions and engage in discussion
My Promise to You
I promise that the tuition in this course is of the highest quality, based on genuine university-level teaching and research. It is presented in a highly-accessible and engaging way, designed specifically for those who do not have prior university degree in Politics or International Relations.
I invite you to send me a message if you have any questions about the content of this course.
Who this course is for:
- Individuals interested in International Relations and the problems of international politics.
- Students of Politics and International Relations who want to consolidate their knowledge and improve their grades.
- Commentators, bloggers and journalists covering international politics.
- Policy practitioners who want to improve their analytical skills and better understand the context of their policy activities.
I am a full-time, award-winning Associate Professor in International Politics at the University of Southampton, UK. I published 3 books, numerous articles in prestigious, high-ranking journals and have an international experience of working for the European Union in Brussels and sharing my expertise with top think-tanks, including International Institute for Strategic Studies in Washington D.C.
I am also a best-selling author of online courses on Udemy and work with students through individual tutoring. I have taught almost 10k students since 2016. My online courses are meant to give you concrete knowledge and skills to understand and speak about International Politics and Geopolitics with confidence.
Here is the list of my Udemy courses:
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