Peace, cooperation, war, conflict, nationalist claims. Ever wondered why these phenomena occur? This topic provides insights into relations between countries and groups in the realms of security and military strategy, cyber security, international political economy, international law and culture.It concludes with an investigation into contemporary global concerns, including those of poverty, energy resources, the environment and religion. Two of the central questions examined in International Relations concern, first, whether the outcome of any issue that takes place across international borders comes down to differentials in power. Second it asks what is the sigificance of culture and ideas in these transactions.
Thus international relations offers the opportunity for students not just to be more informed in the matters of their increasingly internationalised world, but importantly it provides students with tools of analysis. As such this topic serves as a basic introduction to many themes that are taught in other upper level International Relations topics.
This topic aims to:
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