Course Description

The objective of this course is to highlight the significance and introduce the fundamentals of International Relations to the students. The focus, therefore, is on Meaning, Definition, Nature, Evolution, Development and Scope of International Relations. Students will examine some of the major questions that are central to understanding world politics and international affairs: What are the causes of war and peace? When actors decide to go into war or to cooperate? What challenges does globalization impose on states? 

Learning Outcomes
By finishing this course, the students are expected to:
1. Understand and appreciate the basic concepts, principles, approaches, and practices ofinternational relations as a body of knowledge.
2. Define and correctly use the core vocabulary and concepts relevant to the field.

Assessment Criteria:

  1. Sessional: 20%
  1. Attendance and Class Participation: 10%
    75% attendance would be mandatory to take the final term exams.
    Students are encouraged to participate in class discussion. Cell phones must be turned off.
  2. Every student is required to submit a short-term paper ranging from 2000 to 3000 words on the assigned topic: 5%
  3. Presentations: 5%
  4. Mid Term Examination: 30%
  5. Final Term Examination: 50%

Course Outlines

Introduction to International Relations

Key Theories of International Relations

The Development of International System

Cold War: An introduction


Foreign Policy An Introduction


International Institutions

Regional Organization

Arms Control


Balance of Power

Nuclear Proliferation/Non-Proliferation

Class Days and Timings
9:30 to 11 AM

Recommended Books
Devetak, R., An Introduction to Interntional Relations: Australian Perspective (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007)

Course Material