Course Code
PSCI 0120
Course Type
Subject Credit
Course Availability

Since the Cold War International Relations has evolved significantly as a discipline. The failure of older theory to predict and explain the end of the superpower rivalry has meant a flourishing in new theory. At the same time, a more unpredictable world order has been a fruitful testing ground for rethinking ideas of the ‘democratic peace’, regional integration in the European Union and elsewhere, sub-state ethnic conflict and the purported ‘clash of civilisations’, the causes and nature of globalisation, the role of the IMF, World Bank and WTO, and the origins of a state’s foreign policy, amongst many others. The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 have further questioned the nature of international order and modern warfare and security, as has nuclear proliferation and the Arab Spring.