This course is intended as an introduction to International Relations (IR) theory from a student centred approach.

Unlike conventional foundation courses in International Relations, the textbook used is structured around student questions. One question was posed in this class and led to the former instructor (Professor Shani) being invited to contribute a response to the textbook. Therefore, the approach taken is interactive in which students are encouraged to ask and answer questions on selected topics.

The course will begin with an introduction to the main theories of International Relations, before introducing students to critical perspectives on IR. After a mid-term test designed to examine students' understanding of the theories covered, we will discuss a series of empirical case studies and global issues.

The goal is to integrate theory and practice, by presenting theoretical ideas and concepts in conjunction with a global range of historical and contemporary case studies.