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IR438 Theory of International Society: The English School and its Critics (Half Unit)


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Contributor(s): Peter Wilson

Released on 25 July 2013.

A critical examination of the principal texts and core ideas of the English school (ES) of International Relations. This course examines the idea of international society and the formal structure of that society as depicted by Bull, Wight, James and other leading ES scholars. It also examines the dynamics of and challenges to international society as articulated by Vincent, Watson, Buzan among others. The course aims at a close reading of specific texts in the context of their critical reception and subsequent theoretical debates. It seeks to evaluate the importance of these texts and their contribution to international theory. It explores the solidarist and pluralist strands of ES theory and the nature of the interrelationship between international and world society.

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