This course aims to provide the students with an in depth-overview of the field of International Relations.

The first part of the course will use a deductive approach; after obtaining an understanding of the basic components of diverse theoretical school of thought, these are applied to different examples in today’s international relations. Part One of the course thus aims to:
• familiarize students with the development of IR as a social science;
• challenge students to compare and evaluate the major traditions in the thinking about international relations;
• encourage critical theoretical reflection on the present state of affairs in the world;
• improve research and writing skills through a variety of assignments.

The second part of the course will use an inductive approach. Students will (learn to) analyse, with the help of the concepts and schools of thought from the first part, a series of current thematical problems in international relations. The insights we gather are debated in group. Part Two of the course thus aims to:
• learn students apply concepts and theories of international relations to actual cases;
• develop students’ analytical skills in questions of current international relations issues;
• encourage students to debate their findings.

The third part of the course will look at international negotiation, from a theoretical point of view, but especially also the practical side. The course ends with a negotiation simulation on a matter of high importance for the UN Security Council (Case: Towards Security in the South China Sea?). Part Three of the course thus aims to:
• learn students to identify and prepare the key elements in the diplomatic negotiating position of the country they defend (position paper);
• train students in developing a strategy to maximize their country’s position within the framework of the negotiation (strategy paper), and adapt it to the reality or dynamics of the negotiation process;
• learn students to convey their ideas to fellow negotiators;
• stimulate students in working in a diplomatic way so to achieve a common result;
• encourage students to evaluate the negotiation process, and their role in it.

The fourth and final part of the course considers the future of International Relations as a body of literature and science.