Advances in International Relations Theory

A map showing countries of the world in different colors.

Political map of the world. (Image courtesy of the CIA World Fact Book.)


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Spring 2003



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This course offers a critical analysis of contending theories of international relations. Focus is on alternative theoretical assumptions, different analytical structures, and a common core of concepts and content. It also focuses on a comparative analysis of realism(s), liberalism(s), institutionalism(s), and new emergent theories. It also presents a discussion of connections between theories of international relations and major changes in international relations.

Nazli Choucri. 17.420 Advances in International Relations Theory, Spring 2003. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare), (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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