This module provides a thorough introduction to the field of International Relations (IR). It discusses the main theories of IR in relation to current issues in world politics with emphasis on Greek geopolitics.
– The first part sheds light on many key theoretical approaches in IR, including classical and contemporary realist theories of interstate relations and great power politics; Marxist theories of structural inequalities; state theories and nationalism; Liberalism and neo-liberalism, examining at the same time the role of social movements.
– The second part discusses the foreign and security policies of the major actors in world politics, such as the USA and China, emphasising Greece and the East Mediterranean. You will learn how to apply these theories, how to reflect on them using empirical case-studies and contemporary examples. Finally, you will be given the opportunity to expand your analytical skills.
This course is ideal for those aspiring to pursue a career in international organisations, policy research, journalism, the diplomatic service, the voluntary sector, and economic or political forecasting. Possible professions include Civil Service fast streamer, government social research officer, or Diplomatic Services operational officer. This course may also be useful in becoming a researcher, newspaper journalist, or politician’s assistant.
Broadband Internet Connection (speeds more than 10Mbps).
Desktop / Laptop PC or Tablet with multimedia equipment (Speakers, microphone, Camera).
Dr Michalis Theodosiadis holds a Master’s of Political Science from Birbkeck (University of London), and a PhD from Goldsmiths (University of London). He is a Lecturer in International Political Theory and Philosophy. His doctoral dissertation entitled “Republican perspectives on populism, beyond Christopher Lasch”, is a contemporary philosophical research, which combines International Political Theory, Philosophy, History, Literature and Religion. His articles are published in research journals.