This course explores the multiple and global foundations of the contemporary world. As the subtitle suggests, it has three main elements: history of international relations, theories of international relations, and the practice of international relations. After reviewing the evolution of international relations before and since the rise of the West, it deploys multiple theoretical lenses such as realism, liberalism, constructivism, and alternative approaches, to capture and analyze the diversity of the world, including that related to race, gender, class and postcolonial identities. Topics include the impact of imperialism and colonization, the rise and decline of the U.S.-led liberal international order, the role of emerging powers such as China and India, the role of regions and civilizations in world politics and the future shape of the post-COVID-19 world order. The course helps to furnish students interested in both academic and policy careers with the required knowledge base and analytical tools to seek answers to some of the critical problems of world order.
Required for MAIR students with the following concentrations: