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The theory, practice and dynamics of international relations


Theories of International Relations

7.5 credits

This course examines the core theoretical perspectives in international relations, and their counter arguments. The course also allows specialisation within the field of international relations, e.g. in conflict resolution, globalisation, international cooperation, international administration and bureaucracy, or foreign policy decision-making.

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
International relations in theory and practice This course is about the theory, practice and dynamics of international relations, and discusses the strengths and weaknesses of core theoretical perspectives and empirical studies in international relations. You will have the opportunity to specialise in an area of international relations, such as in conflict resolution, globalisation, international cooperation, international administration and bureaucracy, or foreign policy decision-making. Course design The course is taught through lectures and compulsory seminars, and assessment is based on written assignments, compulsory seminars, and a final essay.
Critical and independent analysis of democracy and foreign policy 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.