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Understanding International Relations Theory, National Research University Higher School of Economics

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About this Course

The course aims to introduce the key assumptions of the international relations theory as a part of social science and as an analytic tool, focusing on the problems of war and peace, foreign policy decision-making, etc. The course combines historic approach and analysis of the modern political problems. The historic part shows the evolution of the international relations theory from being a part of political philosophy to its emergence as a special branch of political science, which is essential to understand the key ideas of the IR science. The lectures also include broad outline of the modern concepts and debates in the context of the contemporary political problems, such as rise of China and other emerging powers, threat of terrorism, US-Russia confrontation, etc. The lectures of the two outstanding Russian scholars and political analysts – Timofey Bordachev and Dmitry Suslov - cover such fields as the problems of international security and conflict resolution, international economic relations, foreign policy decision-making, global governance, the role of power in the IR....
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15 Reviews

By Jonathan Sinclair

Nov 20, 2018

An amazing course. Very well presented, thought through and great overview of the topic. I will most definitely recommend this to anyone interested in the area.

By Oscar Guzman Mota

Nov 05, 2018

It is a great course about international relations! I like how themes are seen!

By Juliette Robichez

Nov 01, 2018

Very interesting and didactic. But a little bit monotonous.

By Ramnath Reghunadhan

Oct 31, 2018

Could improve the subtitles and emphasise more on examples from contemporary era

By Hadassah Neele

Oct 29, 2018

Very informative and helpful in creating an understanding of this subject

By Emil

Oct 15, 2018

Descriptive and objective course.

By laureen achola

Sep 26, 2018

helpful

By Marcelo Carreiro da Silva

Sep 13, 2018

Too many peer-review papers - I am stuck in one, never getting more than one person reviewing it.

By Amit Kanwar

Jul 11, 2018

Awesome. Its a systematic and simple course mainly focusing on basics of International Relations. Very educative and to the point. I am sure it will act as spring board for further learning in the same field.

By CARLOS ALBERTO WILSON PEREZ

Jun 29, 2018

Amazingly clear, fun and nice course.The course instructor does a super job in transmitting the main ideas of International Relations Theory.I highly recommend this course to everyone interested in the IR ideas to understand our current World.