INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

IR110 HISTORY OF INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL THEORY

Course Code: 3140110
METU Credit (Theoretical-Laboratory hours/week): 3(3-0)
ECTS Credit: 6.0
Language of Instruction: English
Level of Study: Undergraduate
Course Coordinator: Prof.Dr. OKTAY FIRAT TANRISEVER
Offered Semester: Spring Semesters.

Course Objective

The basic purpose of this undergraduate course is to introduce the students to the history of international political theory. In this course, the evolution of ideas on politics and their implications for international relations are to be explored.

Course Content

The aim of this course is to acquaint students with classical political thought extending from Plato to Nietzsche through an analysis of the political thought of selected scholars along with their contributions to international relations. To contribute to a deeper understanding of political thought and its significance for International Relations, the course undertakes both textual and contextual analysis, addressing not only the texts but the social context in which they have been situated.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course unit, the students are expected to be able to evaluate the international political theories of main philosophers as well as the relationship between thoughts expressed by these philosophers and the social environments in which they have been expressed.