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Entry requirements: General entry requirements and English B (intermediate level), Social Sciences A (basic level) (Specific entry requirements 6).
General entry requirements and basic level social sciences (equivalent of Swedish course Social Sciences 1b / 1a1+1a2) (Specific entry requirements A6).

Selection: 1/3 on the basis of upper secondary school grades, 1/3 on the basis of the Swedish University Aptitude Test, 1/3 on the basis of previous university credits (Max. 165 credits may be taken into account)

  • Closed... AS17 week 35-02, fulltime100%, day. Application code: SH-43137
  • 15/03/2018 AS18 week 36-03, fulltime100%, day. Application code: SH-43180

International Relations A

Course 30 credits

This course introduces students to the study of International Relations. The course includes the following modules: Theories of International Politics; The Causes of War and Prerequisites for Peace; Cooperation and Integration in Theory and Practice; Nationalism in an Era of Globalisation.

The information below comes from the syllabus and is valid from: autumn semester 2015

Course design

The course is based on lectures and seminars.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student is able to

Knowledge and understanding

• Offer an overview of theories of international politics, conflict and co-operation.
• Describe the traditional theories used in the study of international relations and the criticisms levelled against them from, among others, constructivist, feminist, poststructuralist and postcolonial perspectives.
• Describe and reflect on the origins and design of international institutions, how they have changed, and their effects on co-operation between states.
• Outline the main features of research into the causes of armed conflict and the conditions for peace.
• Outline the prerequisites for and consequences of international co-operation and international or supranational integration.
• Describe the dominant perspectives on the relationship between nationalism and globalisation.

Skills and abilities

• Reflect on and problematise the conditions for international co-operation.
• Identify and reflect on theoretical and ideological perspectives in academic literature and political debate about international relations.
• At a basic level, analyse problems in international relations.
• Take part in discussions about empirical and normative issues in international relations.
• Describe and reflect on how international co-operation and globalisation impacts on democracy.

Judgement and approach

• Apply a scientific approach to the analysis of central problems in international relations.
• Distinguish between and critically evaluate empirical and normative perspectives on international relations.
• Critically evaluate the basic literature on international relations.
• Critically evaluate ethical and gender-related aspects of international relations.


Theories of International Politics:
Mandatory seminars, written tests and assignments.

Causes of War and Prerequisites for Peace:
Mandatory seminars, written tests and assignments.

Cooperation and Integration in Theory and Practice:
Mandatory seminars, written tests and assignments.

Nationalism in an Era of Globalisation:
Mandatory seminars, written tests and assignments.

Grading criteria will be distributed at course/module start.

Syllabus valid from autumn semester 2015

The above information and syllabus are based on the most recently validated decision. Any previous versions are available here.


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