Home » 2017/2018 GE Model » Global Awareness » GEGA3001 / GEGA014 – Understanding International Politics
Suggested Year of Study:3 – 4
Duration:1 Semester
Credit Units:3
Offering Unit:FSS

Department of Government and Public Administration

Medium of Instruction:English



Course Description

The field of world politics presents us with some of humanity’s most difficult problems. Why do wars happen? Why are some countries rich and others poor? Why is it so hard to get countries to cooperate? Is change possible in world politics or is humanity doomed to repeat the same political drama over and over again? This course introduces students to the fundamentals of international relations theory and how to employ theory to analyze important topics in world politics, such as the development of international institutions, the causes of war, transnational norms, and the role of non-state actors.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILO)

Students will be able to:

  1. Interpret the basic tenets of international relations theory, including realism, liberalism, and constructivism, concepts of the state, and their various advantages and limitations;
  2. Analyze major events and topics in world politics with different theoretical lenses;
  3. Describe or use various theoretical analyses in combination of both orally and in writing.