Theories of International Relations

Discipline: Politics and International Relations
Instructor: Mabbutt
Credits: 3
Day: A
Start: 1300
End: 1415
Field Work: Day 2 - Rangoon - 28 February | Myanmar (Burma) Download Syllabus

The post-colonial age has been characterized by two contradictory tendencies: economic integration (globalization) and political fragmentation.  The first has promoted international economic growth, but the benefits of that growth have been very unevenly distributed.  While the imperial age of the 19th century reduced the number of independent countries in the world to 59 by the beginning of the First World War (1914), today the world is far more fragmented.  After the end of the Cold War and collapse of the Soviet empire there are now approximately 200 countries in the world.  This political development, in some cases, has been accompanied by revolution, terrorism, civil war, instability, and refugee and migration problems, which have played a serious role in reshaping international politics.  This course focuses on the principles, contours, and theories that explain international politics in the 21st century.

Field Work

Country: Myanmar (Burma)
Day: 2 - Rangoon - 28 February

We will travel to the U.S. Embassy in Rangoon to hear a discussion of the political situation in Burma and its relationship to China, India and the United States.  We will also learn about the responsibilities of foreign service and how to prepare for a career with the U.S. State Department. Academic Objectives:

  1. To obtain a Human Rights report on Burma
  2. To examine Burma’s relationship to the PRC, India and the United States
  3. To explain the purpose and functions of diplomacy, and to learn how to apply and prepare for a career in the Foreign Service