International Relations* [CRN 81219]

Discipline: Political Science
Instructor: van der Westhuizen
Credits: 3
Day: A
Start: 1240
End: 1400
Field Work: Day 2 | October 7, 2019 | Croatia
Prerequisites: None Download Syllabus

The aim of this course is to provide students with both the analytical tools to examine international affairs as well as an overview of the key political and economic concerns that drive a select number of countries on our voyage’s foreign policies. Designed in three parts, the first part examines the emergence of the modern nation-state system, the expansion of international society beyond Europe and the growing role of non-state actors in the international system. The second part introduces students to the four main theories in International Relations – Realism, Liberalism, Marxism and Constructivism – and how these theories give us analytical ‘tools’ to explain the behavior of states and non-state actors. Synchronized with our voyage, we thirdly examine the interests driving the foreign policies of a select number of states and ask whether these states also perform certain ‘roles’ in international politics.


*Note: This class is delivered when lunch is served.

Field Work

Country: Croatia
Day: 2
Date: October 7, 2019

1. Discover the layout and architecture of Old City
2. Learn how the war affected the daily lives of residents
3. Visit the War Museum and to connect this field class to our lecture on War in International Relations and the Croatian War, specifically