Theories of International Relations

Discipline: Politics and International Relations
Instructor: Bunck
Credits: 3
Day: A
Start: 08:00
End: 09:15
Field Work: Day 2 - Le Havre - Monday, 16 September | France Download Syllabus

This course introduces students to the central concepts and theories in international relations through a world order perspective.  We will examine the central sources of disorder on the international stage and how order is sometimes imposed -through a variety of mechanisms and approaches-within a still rudimentary international society.  Theories of social, military, and economic relations among states and other important non-state actors will be examined.

Field Work

Country: France
Day: 2 - Le Havre - Monday, 16 September

The Field Lab is scheduled for the Le Havre port stop, when we will visit Normandy Beach. In the week beforehand, I encourage everyone, though I do not require anyone, to see the film The Longest Day about the D-Day invasion. On the day of our Field Lab we will leave Le Havre early in the morning and travel toward the D-Day beaches, stopping first at Pegasus Bridge, the first site the Allies liberated in the Normandy invasion.  We will then move on to the American military center and Omaha Beach. It will take about 2 ½ hours by bus to go one-way from Le Havre to Normandy Beach, which leaves us approximately three hours at the site.

Academic Objectives: 1. The powerful images students gain at the site of the D-Day invasion, the extent of the human destruction involved, will provide insights on such course topics as war and warfare, alliances, and balance of power.