Theories of International Relations

Realism

  • What is realism?

  • How do realists view international relations?

  • What is the security dilemma?

We will explore these questions through a reading, presentation, video and prisoner's dilemma role play.

Liberalism and Idealism

  • What is liberalism?

  • How do liberals view international relations?

  • What is complex interdependence?

  • What is idealism?

  • How do idealists view international relations?

  • What is the difference between liberalism and idealism?

We will explore these questions through a reading, presentation, video and prisoner's dilemma role play.

Neo-Marxism

  • What is neo-marxism?

  • How do neo-marxists view international relations?

We will explore these questions through a reading and video. 

Feminism

  • What is the difference between sex and gender?

  • What is patriarchy?

  • What is sexism?

  • What is hegemonic masculity?

  • What is feminism?

  • What is a feminist theory of international relations?

Feminism focuses on the role that gender plays in our lives, and in this course, international relations. Feminists argue that theories of international relations are largely based on hegemonic masculine assumptions and reasoning. In this lesson, we will engage in several activities to learn about gender, its impacts on our lives and its relation to global politics.

CASE STUDY: China Rising

"After centuries of western dominance, the world’s centre of economic and political weight is shifting eastward. In just 30 years, China has risen from long-standing poverty to being the second largest economy in the world – faster than any other country in history. From angry farmers to weary migrant workers, powerful politicians and everyone in between, what China says and does, has become of undeniable importance to the entire world" (Aljazeera).

  • Does China's rise pose a threat to world stability?

  • How should the US deal with China? 

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