About the course

This course is an introduction to dominant theoretical approaches and current research debates within the discipline of International Relations. The aim of the course is to acquire basic knowledge of and ability how to use concepts and theories within IR to analyze and interpret power relations, international norms and other prominent phenomena within world politics.

Course content

The aim of the course is to provide students with a foundational understanding of International Relations (IR) as an academic field of study. On having passed the course, students will be able to utilize central theories and concepts in relation to the historical and contemporary development of international politics.

The course consists of three modules that operate together to provide an introduction to the field of International Relations.

Module 1: Theory of International Relations (12,5 credits)

The first module, ‘International Relations Theory’, focuses on current and classical theoretical debate within IR and how IR has developed as an academic discipline.

Module 2: Issues in Global Politics (10 credits)

The second module, ‘Issues in Global Politics’, analyses prevailing trends in global politics and their historical background, for example: evolving debates in IR about economic and sustainable development; the environment; security; gender; globalisation; and foreign policy.

Module 3: Researching and Studying International Relations (7,5 credits)

The third module ‘Researching and Studying IR’ provides a platform for training students’ competencies in engaging with academic texts and research, introduces them to basic methodological approaches, and develops their skills in producing academic work.

The three modules are run concurrently.

Syllabus and course literature

You can find a list of literature in the syllabus, along with other details about the course.

Entry requirements and selection

Entry requirements

General entry requirements + English 6.


Upper secondary grades 66%, Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test (SweSAT) 34%

Course evaluation

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