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Understanding International Relations Theory, National Research University Higher School of Economics

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About this Course

The course aims to introduce the key assumptions of the international relations theory as a part of social science and as an analytic tool, focusing on the problems of war and peace, foreign policy decision-making, etc. The course combines historic approach and analysis of the modern political problems. The historic part shows the evolution of the international relations theory from being a part of political philosophy to its emergence as a special branch of political science, which is essential to understand the key ideas of the IR science. The lectures also include broad outline of the modern concepts and debates in the context of the contemporary political problems, such as rise of China and other emerging powers, threat of terrorism, US-Russia confrontation, etc. The lectures of the two outstanding Russian scholars and political analysts – Timofey Bordachev and Dmitry Suslov - cover such fields as the problems of international security and conflict resolution, international economic relations, foreign policy decision-making, global governance, the role of power in the IR....

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By JW

Mar 25, 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 JS

Nov 20, 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.

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By Zia ul islam

May 07, 2019

i is my first experience to do online course but i find it really amazing.

By Никитенков Валерий Александрович

Apr 24, 2019

Instructors mispronounce words and make simple grammar mistakes. No one proofread the course.

Week 2 Quiz has some questions with underlined answers.

By Kevin Michael Miller

Apr 21, 2019

A great course and well worth the effort that you put into it!

By Henry Marcos

Apr 05, 2019

Very interesting, organized and straight to the point.

By jayashankar warrier

Mar 25, 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 David Gonçalves Borges

Mar 05, 2019

The course need some revision on the tests - some of them have the right answers marked before the start - and on the subtitles. Other than that, it's great.

By Tasnim Eljamassi

Mar 01, 2019

Great!

By Thomas Henrique Lopes Tavares

Feb 26, 2019

Excellent course!! Professor Dmitry Suslov explains perfectly well. He became my inspiration to following career in the International Relations.

By Rubana Manzur

Feb 07, 2019

great information

By Jonathan Sinclair

Nov 20, 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.