Course code EDS374B

EDS374B International Relations Theory

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Showing course contents for the educational year starting in 2019 .

Course responsible: Katharina Charlotte Laura Glaab
Teachers: Tomohiro Harada, Paul David Hagen Beaumont, Stig Jarle Hansen
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Faculty of Landscape and Society
Teaching language: EN
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Spring parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Spring parallel.
Course frequency: Annually
First time: 2019H
Preferential right:
Course contents:
The module is a graduate level introduction to International Relations (IR) theory. The course 1) introduces the students to main theoretical approaches in IR, core texts and their objects of study and 2) examines their meta-theoretical foundations to evaluate a theoretical lens. The autumn semester introduces the theories, debates, and major scholarly traditions in IR, which have become mainstream approaches and established schools of theory. The spring semester focuses on critical and reflectivist approaches in IR and introduces the students to key thinking, central debates and recent scholarship of this form of theorizing.
Learning outcome:
The module provides students with knowledge of mainstream and critical approaches in IR, and an understanding of the importance of theorizing. Students will develop independent and critical thinking skills and learn to analyze world politics. They will be trained to critically assess IR theories and discuss global politics from a conceptual perspective.
Learning activities:
The module spans the autumn and spring parallels. It includes lectures and seminars. In lecture sessions, the course convenor will provide an overview of this week¿s topic, contending perspectives and situate it within the field of IR. Every lecture will be followed by a seminar session. A seminar will normally consist of a discussion and a short student presentation.
Teaching support:
Office hours and procedures are established at the first class meeting. A course schedule is handed out at the same time
See reading list in Canvas.
General knowledge of international issues, preferably undergraduate courses in relevant social sciences. The intro course EDS203.
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:

Book review app. 1000 words. (pass/fail)

Seminar presentation.


The exam is divided into three parts:

Exam part I (30%): Take-home exam on mainstream approaches in IR at the end of autumn parallel.

Exam part II (20%): Project work on critical approaches in IR at the end of spring parallel. Hand in of 4000 word paper per group.

Exam part III (50%): Individual research paper on chosen topic of ca. 6000 words.


Nominal workload:
Total 450 hours
Entrance requirements:
Relevant Bachelor degree or equivalent.
Reduction of credits:
Both internal and external examiners will participate in the grading.
Examination details: Continuous exam: Bestått / Ikke bestått