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A social science perspective on international relations


International Relations A

30 credits




This course introduces you to the study of international relations from a social sciences perspective. It is divided into four modules: Theories of International Politics; The Causes of War and the Prerequisites for Peace; Cooperation and Integration in Theory and Practice; and Nationalism in an Era of Globalisation.

Social issues to work with in the future

We have linked our educations to the UN's 17 global goals for sustainable development. These are goals that you can get tools to work with in the future:

Gender equality Gender equality
Reduced inequalities Reduced inequalities
Peace, justice and strong institutions Peace, justice and strong institutions
Partnerships for the goals Partnerships for the goals

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Political leadership, public administration or a research career After studying International Relations you can, for example, work with opinion building, external analysis or public administration and decision-making. International Relations is an excellent grounding if you are interested in leadership roles, particularly in the public sector, as well as for work in social movements and political parties. IT is also good preparation for studies at Master’s level in International Relations or Political Science. What are former students doing now? Our former students work in a range of places and jobs, such as government ministries, public authorities, the EU, news media, municipalities and other public organisations. They work in positions such as officers, analysists or investigators. Read about research in this subject
Globalisation, nationalism, war and peace, and cooperation and integration This 30-credit course has four modules, each worth 7.5 credits. The first module, Theories of International Politics, is an introduction to international politics as an academic field and presents theoretical perspectives on the international system’s structure and processes, as well as different types of international relations. The second module, The Causes of War and the Prerequisites for Peace, discusses the character of war, how war has changed over time, and different aspects of conflict management (peace keeping, preventive diplomacy, peacemaking efforts, etc.), with regard to both civil wars and wars between nations. The third module, Cooperation and Integration in Theory and Practice, focuses on the prerequisites for international cooperation and the emergence and design of international institutions: how they change over time and their effects on international cooperation. The final module, Nationalism in an Era of Globalisation, looks at the circumstances under which nationalism is strengthened or weakened when meeting the forces of globalisation, and how globalisation affects democracy. Course design The course is seminar-based, and assessment is conducted through attendance at the seminars and written examination.
Do you want to understand how power power is created and maintained in society? Studying International Relations helps you independently analyse political problems and critically evaluate literature in the social sciences. If you want to work in external monitoring and opinion building, or in public administration and decision-making, then this is the subject for you. During your studies you will examine issues such as: How does representative democracy work, formally and in practice? How do wars start and how can peace be achieved? How is power organised and distributed in global politics? Why does nationalism thrive despite globalisation? What does the future hold for European integration? At Södertörn University, there are close links between the subjects of International Relations and Political Sciences. Södertörn University offers courses in International Relations at Bachelor’s level. At Master’s level, it is part of courses and programmes in Political Science. During your studies, you will meet specialist lecturers, many of whom conduct their own research. Researchers in International Relations are involved in work that examines subjects such as political parties, democracy and democratisation, migration and its consequences, leadership, policy processes, security policy and foreign policy.