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|Offered at:||(B, G, X)|
|Unit chair:||S Burchill|
|Incompatible with:||AIR242, AIP323, AIR323|
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The nature and purpose of the study of international relations is now widely contested. This is reflected in the diversification of theoretical approaches in the field. Conventional perspectives (realism, neorealism), once largely unchallenged, now face both reformist (liberalism, rationalism) and critical (Marxism, postmodernism) rivals. This unit focuses on the evolution of international thought last century by concentrating on the debates and disputes between competing intellectual perspectives. The approaches of various theoretical traditions to the central actors and issues in global politics-such as human rights, war, sovereignty, markets and the environment-will be a central focus of the unit.
One essay 3500 words 65%, examination 35%.
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