INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

IR503 THEORIES OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

Course Code: 3140503
METU Credit (Theoretical-Laboratory hours/week): 3(3-0)
ECTS Credit: 8.0
Language of Instruction: English
Level of Study: Graduate
Course Coordinator: Prof.Dr. OKTAY FIRAT TANRISEVER
Offered Semester: Fall Semesters.

Course Objective

This course aims to provide the students with knowledge and skills related to the theories of international relations. More specifically, the course seeks to enable the students to understand the relationship between the theoretical debates and the actual context of International Relations

Course Content

This course provides an analysis of the three important theoretical debates of international relations: Idealism vs Realism, Traditionalism vs Behaviouralism, and Realism vs Neo-realism. The course also addresses the level of analysis problem, as well as the central assumptions and key concepts of various theories of international relations, with special emphasis on the basic concepts, propositions, and current critique of realism and neo-realism.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course unit, the students are expected to demonstrate their ability to evaluate the main theoretical approaches to the discipline of international relations from a critical perspective.