International Relations in the Current Political Context


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 module is divided into two parts:

– 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.

Course Overview:

  • Week 1 : Introduction to International Relations
  • Week 2 : Realism and Neo-Realism
  • Week 3 : Nationalism, Liberalism and Neo-Liberalism
  • Week 4 : Marxism and Neo-Marxism
  • Week 5 : Greek geopolitics, the Balkans and the Eastern Mediterranean. A historical review concerning the role of hegemonic forces in the region with emphasis on conflicts and intercultural exchanges between the Greek, the Byzantine, the Roman and the Arab states.
  • Week 6 : Greek geopolitics and Eastern Mediterranean; the emergence of the modern Greek state and its present role in the geopolitical landscape.
  • Week 7 : Foreign Policy: Britain and the European Union
  • Week 8 : The Foreign Policy of United States of America (with Ekaterina Rozanova, guest lecturer)
  • Week 9 : The Rise of China as a global superpower. The class of ‘giants’ and the future of geopolitical hegemony.
  • Week 10 : Module Review, Assessment Workshops and Tutorials


  • Small classes limited to 12 participants
  • Course will be taught through our MOODLE platform.
  • A 2-hour live discussion every week (1 hour presentation plus one hour seminar).
  • Full access to three local experts with decades of collective experience in Greece and abroad. Our academic staff are international authorities in their respective fields, publishing and delivering stimulating teaching in a wide range of political topics including civil society and the state, public policy, development, international security and terrorism, and social and political theory, among others.
  • A total of 3 hours on-demand video.
  • A library of online content curated for accuracy and quality.
  • A chance to test your growing knowledge of mythology each week with fun, trivia-style quizzes.
  • Printable certificate of completion.

International Relations in the Current Political Context

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  • 10 weeks


  • Broadband Internet Connection (speeds more than 10Mbps).

  • Desktop / Laptop PC or Tablet with multimedia equipment (Speakers, microphone, Camera).

  • Zoom Application (free account)


International Relations in the Current Political Context

Dr Michail Theodosiadis

International Relations in the Current Political Context Lecturer

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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.

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