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PSC201 : International Relations

Course Overview

Course Synopsis

This course basically focuses upon the need and importance of International Relations. It is designed to provide the student with an introduction to the study of international relations. It focuses primarily upon concepts and perspectives which one may employ in understanding and describing the behavior of nations. It will also throw light on the concepts of National Interest, Balance of power, National Integrity and New World Economic Order. Apart from political and economical issues, this subject will also provide knowledge about globalization, global divide and global environment. The primary objective is to provide the student with some ability to interpret and assess international events from a more specific perspective.

Course Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • To evaluate different analytical tools of knowledge as well as to competently comprehend and apply the various school of thoughts/paradigms of International Relations.
  • To have broader view of International society and global politics equipped with strong negotiating skills.
  • To establish and develop viable and forceful link between theory and practice in the field for its proper implementation and utilization by the students.

Course Calendar

What is International Relations and what is its relevance?1Handouts1-4
Approaches to International Relations: Theories in IR (Continued from Lecture 1)2Handouts5-7
Approaches to International Relations (Continued from Lectures 1 and 23Handouts8-9
The Nation-State System4Handouts10-12
The Nation State System: Basic Features Of A Nation-State (Continued from Lecture 4)5Handouts13-14
National Interest6Handouts15-16
National Interest (Continued From Lecture 6)7Handouts17-18
Quiz 01
Balance Of Power (Bop)8Handouts19-22
Diplomacy (Continued)10Handouts25-27
Assignment 01
Colonialism, Neo-Colonialism & Imperialism11Handouts28-29
Colonialism, Neo-Colonialism & Imperialism13Handouts30-31
New International Economic Order14Handouts33-35
New International Economic Order15Handouts36-37
Non-Alignment Movement16Handouts38
Non-Alignment Movement17
Non-Alignment Movement (Continued From Lecture 18)18Handouts40
Grand Quiz
The Cold War And Its Impacts (Continued)19Handouts41
The Cold War And Its Impacts (Continued)20
Disarmament And Arms Control21Handouts43
Disarmament And Arms Control (Continued)22Handouts44-45
QUIZ t 03
The Relevance Of International Law In International Relations23
International Organizations24Handouts48-49
International Organizations (Continued)25Handouts50-51
International Organizations (Continued)26Handouts52-53
The Role Of Decision Making In International Relations27Handouts54
Decision Making (Continued)28Handouts55
Systems Based Approach (Continued) – Distinct Systems In IR30Handouts58-59
Liberalism And Social Democracy (Continued)32Handouts64-65
Integration In IR33Handouts66-67
Globalization And Its Implications35Handouts70-71
Focus On Foreign Investments38Handouts76
Conflict And Conflict Resolution39Handouts77-78
Conflict Resolution40Handouts79-80
Quiz 05
The Global Environment42Handouts84-87
How IR differ from Domestic Politics?43Handouts88-91
Change And IR44Handouts92-94
Dealing with issues of obscenity, other offensive content, economic aspects, privacy, encryption and access45Handouts95-96
Final Term
This is tentative schedule , any change, if made, will be intimated via announcement"
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