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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
3 hours to complete

Birth of the science and classical tradition

The module aims to introduce to the ancient roots of the modern IR theories. Starting form Thucydides and his "History of Peloponnesian War" the lecture teaches to the student's further intellectual development of the realist paradigm of international relations: Machiavelli, Hobbes and creation of the Treaty of Westphalia, which in many respects became a foundation of the modern international politics.

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7 videos (Total 54 min), 2 quizzes
7 videos
Introduction10m
Origins of the classical tradition8m
Decline of the classical tradition6m
Machiavelli and Hobbes8m
Clash of Leviathans: The Thirty-year War7m
Westphalian peace8m
1 practice exercise
Classical tradition16m
Week
2
1 hour to complete

Origins of Liberalism

The lecture introduces the students to the second grand paradigm of international relations: liberalism. What if the international politics is not a static world of fights and survival, but a permanent movement to a better world? The origins of the new approach lies in the age of Enlightenment and even earlier - in the very core ideas of Christianity.

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5 videos (Total 45 min), 1 quiz
5 videos
Stages of liberalism8m
Thirty-year war and rise of liberalism9m
Power of Enlightenment8m
Free-trade and the Revolutions8m
1 practice exercise
From Christianity to Liberalism: Idealistic Tradition in IR Theory16m
Week
3
2 hours to complete

The beginning: the World Wars and genesis of the IR science

Since the very beginning the development of political thought was hugely stimulated by wars. In the first half of the XX century the question of war and peace became critical for survival of our civilisation. The module introduces to the great debates between the two grand paradigms during the World Wars and explains how the first scientific theories emerged from these debates.

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6 videos (Total 68 min), 1 quiz
6 videos
WWI and the great debates10m
The post-WWI liberalism11m
Decline of the post-WWI order11m
The realist critique of idealism9m
Hans Morgenthau and political realism13m
1 practice exercise
World Wars and birth of IR science16m
Week
4
3 hours to complete

Kenneth Waltz and Structural Theory

The Cold War became a new intellectual challenge for the IR thinkers. How to survive in the nuclear age? The module introduces to the realist answer, which took a form of the structural realism.

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5 videos (Total 53 min), 2 quizzes
5 videos
Basic assumptions10m
System and structure9m
Neorealism and political analysis11m
Structural realism today10m
1 practice exercise
Kenneth Waltz and Structural Realism16m
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By JWMar 25th 2019

A brilliant analysis of the evolution of International Relations. Would highly recommend the course for anyone interested in getting a strong base in the subject.

By JSNov 20th 2018

An amazing course. Very well presented, thought through and great overview of the topic. I will most definitely recommend this to anyone interested in the area.

Instructors

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Timofei Bordachev

Associate professor
Department of international relations
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Dmitrii Suslov

Senior Lecturer
Department of international relations, HSE

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