INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

IR231 INTR.TO INTERNATIONAL POLITICS I

Course Code: 3140231
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. ÖZLEM TÜR KÜÇÜKKAYA
Offered Semester: Fall Semesters.

Course Objective

The aim of this course is to introduce the students to international relations discipline and give a general framework for understanding and explaining how contemporary world politics work. The course combines history and theory in understanding current global politics. The course is composed of two parts: In the first part, the evolution of international society is studied from a historical perspective. In the second part, theoretical approaches for explaining and understanding international politics is studied as well as debates over methodological issues within the discipline.

Course Content

This course analyses the behavior of states within the framework of the international system. The main purpose of the course is to equip students with the analytical tools which contribute to their understanding of the changing context of international politics. In addition, the course is basic for the more specialized courses offered in the third and fourth years.

Learning Outcomes

This course will introduce students to main approaches and concepts in international relations discipline.