AIS3121 - Theories of International Relations

Offering Academic Unit
Department of Asian and International Studies
Credit Units
Course Duration
One Semester
Course Offering Term*:
Semester A 2020/21
Semester A 2021/22 (Tentative)

* The offering term is subject to change without prior notice
Course Aims

This course seeks to ground undergraduate AIS students in the so-called “root discourses” of International Relations (IR) – the field’s most important theories and concepts – analysing how they relate one to another and how they illuminate contemporary real-world issues and problems.  Students will learn to use the theories critically to analyse and explain international trends and events.  The subject matter will include the global economy, wars and terrorism, the transboundary flow of ideas and images through the media, the impact of globalization on governance, how state identities shape foreign policies, and more.  Students will attend the instructor’s class lectures; take part in discussions; sit for two quizzes; give a presentation on a key global challenge as part of a student panel; and write a term paper using IR theory to analyse an important global problem.

Assessment (Indicative only, please check the detailed course information)

Continuous Assessment: 100%
Detailed Course Information


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