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IR436 Theories of International Relations

The course covers the main explanatory and normative approaches to international relations theory. The purpose of the course is to provide a thorough background in all schools of International Relations theory and the debates between them regarding their view on the nature of international relations and how this is to be conceptualised, understood and judged. Theoretical/methodological approaches to be considered include: classical and neo-realism; liberal institutionalism and neo-liberalism; Marxism; constructivism; English School theory; critical theory; post-structuralism; feminism; rationalism and reflectivism.

Dr George Lawson

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