Summer Timetable

POL208Y1Y L5101

Introduction to International Relations


This introduction to international politics course deals, broadly, with understanding conflict and cooperation, problems of security and welfare, processes and patterns of global politics, and ethics and international affairs. The course is heavily oriented towards developing a critical understanding of world affairs and accordingly has a strong theoretical and conceptual focus.

This course is divided into two main sections. In the first part of the term, students will explore the Grand Theories of International Relations (e.g., Realism, Liberalism, Feminist Theories of IR, Constructivism). And in the second part of the term, students will use apply more mid-range theories to a series of contemporary international issues (e.g., international law, armed conflict, peacekeeping, and international courts).


None. All readings will be from e-journals this term.

Format and Requirements

Two lectures and (up to) two seminars per week. One midterm (25%), seminars (20%), writing assignment (25%) and final examination (30%).


Each lecture and tutorial has one or more associated readings. These readings provide background and context to the lectures and will be the focus of tutorial discussions. Students are expected to complete these readings before attending the respective class or tutorial


1.0 POL credit or 4.0 full course equivalents

POLB80H3 or POLB81H3 or POL208Y5