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Approx. 34 hours to complete

Suggested: 12 weeks of study, 4 hours per week...

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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

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

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

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

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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Top reviews from Understanding International Relations Theory

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

About National Research University Higher School of Economics

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