|Faculty or Section :||Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts|
|School or Department :||School of Humanities & Communication|
|Student contribution band :||2021 Grandfather Funding Cl 1|
|Grading basis :||Graded|
|Version produced :||18 May 2022|
An understanding of international relations, both historically and in the contemporary world, is crucial as societies and cultures, political systems and ideologies, and economies interact in dynamic and complex ways at the different levels of the global system. This course provides an introduction to the evolving global environment. Furthermore, the course provides first-year students with foundational skills in analysis and written communication, with a focus on the academic professional skills necessary to progress to a career in international relations.
The actors in international relations range from individual persons to groups and institutions - with the latter including states and sub-state units, international organizations and movements, non-governmental organizations, multi-national corporations and regional organizations. INR1000 focuses on the evolution of the international system with an emphasis on factors such as international law, organisations, war, international political economy, environment, social justice and human rights, and on the practice of diplomacy through a critical presentation of the major competing analytical perspectives of realism, liberalism and world systems, as well as constructivist and feminist approaches.