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COMSATS Institute of Information Technology Abbottabad Course Plan – Spring 2017 Course Title: International Relations Course

COMSATS Institute of Information Technology Abbottabad

Course Plan Spring 2017

Course Title: International Relations Course Teacher: Muhammad Tanveer Jamal

Class: BDS-4A

Total Credit Hours: 3

Lectures Credit Hours: 3

Total Contact Hours: 3 hrs/week Pre-requisite: Nil

Course Objectives and Outcomes:

The major purpose of this course is to provide the students with the opportunity to explore international relations in a variety of ways and to familiarize them with the major theoretical traditions which explains the world politics. It would enable the students to grasp the main themes of the theories that have been most influential over the past two centuries. It would also explain the recent theoretical work in world politics by providing an up-to-date survey of the foundational and anti-foundational theoretical literature. Thus the learners will be able to understand the main themes of the various theories and be able to assess their comparative strengths and weaknesses.

Ultimate Objectives: To generate awareness among the students regarding the nature, evolution, development and application of International Law, upon the members of international community such as states, international institutions and individuals.

Course Outline and Contents:




Week 1



Definition, Scope , Importance

Week 2


Methods in the Study of IR





Week 3


Evolution of Modern International System

From Empires to Nation States


Nation State System :basic Features of nation-state system

Week 4-5

  • 1. Sovereignty

  • 2. Nationalism

  • 3. National Power(Elements of National Power)

  • 4. National Interest

Week 6


Theories of IR



Realism: Classical and Neorealism


Liberalism: Classical and Neoliberalism

Week 7


Presentation on Theories

Understanding State behavior in terms of theory

Week 8-9


International Conflicts

  • 1. Theories of International Conflicts

  • 2. Types of International Conflicts

  • 3. WW1, WW2 & Cold War

Week 10


Foreign Policy



Objectives of Foreign Policy



Determinants of Foreign Policy

Week 11

International Political Economy

New International Economic Order (NIEO)

Global Trade

MNCs and Their Role

Week 12


Advantages and Disadvantages

Week 13

International Organizations


United Nations


Overview of Role of UN

Week 14


Regional Organizations and their Role

SAARC: Objectives and Role

Week 15

International Security Different Perspectives on International Security

National and International Security

Week 16

Issues in International Security



Middle East

Week 16

War on Terrorism and its Impact on Pakistan

Recommended books

Peter Sutch& Juanita Elias, International Relations: The Basics, New York: Routledge,


Charles W. Kegley& Gregory A. Raymond, The Global Future: A Brief Introduction to

World Politics, Boston: Wadsworth, 2010. Stephen M. Walt, “International Relations: One World Many Theories,” Foreign Policy

110, (Spring 1998), pp. 29-44. John Baylis, Steve Smith & Patricia Owens, The Globalization of World Politics: An

Introduction to International Relations , (5 th edition), New York: Oxford University Press, 2011. Karen A. Mingst, The Essentials of International Relations, (2 nd edition), New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2003.

Theodore A. Couloumbis& James H. Wolfe, Introduction to International Relation:

Power & Justice, New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 1994.