INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS (DIPLOMA)
GLOBALIZATION BRINGS INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS IN TO ALL OF OUR LIVES. THIS PROGRAM INTRODUCES KEY THEORIES WHICH PROVIDE AN UNDERSTANDING OF CONTEMPORARY WORLD POLITICS AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS IN AN INTERESTING AND USEFUL WAY. This Program includes theoretical perspectives such as realism, liberalism, constructivism, gender theories and globalization, all of which make up and influence the complex world of international relations, politics and national relationships. It deals with globalization, trans-national processes, governmental and non-governmental issues, problems of human society, struggles for power and wealth, efforts to cooperate despite social differences, the balance between freedom and order, and short-term solutions balanced against long-term solutions. The Program will be of interest and benefit to anyone wishing to understand international relations and politics, anyone involved in this field through work or ministerial duties, and men and women who are involved with international trade and aspects of government.
MAJOR TOPICS COVERED IN THIS DIPLOMA PROGRAM INCLUDE:
· Principles of IR theory; states, international systems, IGOs, NGOs, MNCs; levels of IR, global geography.
· Realism, idealism, anarchy, sovereignty; balance of power, great & middle powers, hegemony, alliances.
· Foreign policy, rational behaviour, models of decision making, arms control, psychology in foreign policy.
· Liberal institutionalism; integration theory, international regimes, United Nations, the European Union.
· Domestic factors; democracy, peace, bureaucracy, interest groups, the military, industry, public opinion.
· Constructivism and identity, international expectations, law & human rights, war crimes, the world order.
· IR theories: Marxism, Imperialism, Colonialism, dependency; revolution, post-modernism, peace studies.
· Gender theories: importance, types of feminism, gender in war and peace, women in IR, influences.
· Conflict: nationalism, ethnic, religious, economic; territorial; causes of war, terrorism, proliferation.
· Trade theories: mercantilism, liberalism, balance of trade, comparative advantage, protectionism, WTO.
· Globalization: currency, exchange, banks, debt; multinational business; environment, population, disease.
· Development theories: human needs, economic development, capital, trade, technology, foreign aid..