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The term µInternational relations¶ is used to identify all interactions between state-based actors across state boundaries; it can immediately be compared with, although it is broader than, international politics. Undoubtedly, the latter is embodied as one, and certainly one of the most important, sub-fields of international relations. However, international law, for example, is part of international relations but not international politics. Law is, after all, surely in its customary form, created by interactions between state-based actors. Similarly international economic relations are part of international relations but not international politics, but this does not mean that political calculations will not intrude into these areas; it only means that they can be separated for the purposes of analysis (Evans and Newham , 1998: 274) International relations is therefore, an interdisciplinary and heterogeneous area of study. It has no unifying methodology because, take with three examples enumerated above, international economics is an empirical social science, international law is far more normative than most social sciences while international politics is eclectic, borrowing from a number of traditions and divided in many minds into a rather unruly flock of activities (Evans and Newham, 1998: 274). As a separate field of academic inquiry different from International Law, Political Theory and Diplomatic History, International Relations effectively began with the establishment of its first chair at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth (1919). The first general theoretical perspective was popularly labelled µidealism¶ and was characterized by reliance in progress; that the international system could be transposed into a fundamentally more peaceful and righteous world order (Evans and Newham, 1998: 275). In a world where thousands of nuclear weapons exist and more and more countries are trying to acquire them, where thousands, even millions of people die each of hunger and where terrorists are becoming more and more powerful and where people are continuously scared of terrorist attacks, we need to know all about international relations (Independent, 2010).This is what makes international relations such an exciting and interesting - not to mention important - subject to study International relations is a subject with which most of us are already
International Relations reveals the world for what it is: peace or war. Many issues may inspire interest in international relations. Nations have to cooperate to solve global issues such as crime. and understanding patterns of behaviour between the actors in the world . But you may have a lot of questions. religion and cultural background. we all participate in and contribute to International Relations daily. There is no µideal¶ type of international relations student. and our understanding of these matters is highly important because consciously or unconsciously. such as whether we buy fair trade or fast food. vote in an election. such as terrorism. We can all remember the 9/11 incident and how the world responded to the whole event. wealth or poverty. Whenever we watch the news. 2010). asking what the important ideas and how can we solve conflict or achieve cooperation.familiar. to corporations (Independent. disease. Why is international relations important? Is it all about war? Is it really about poverty or is it big business? Is the United States all powerful or are other states. One may have studied politics or citizenship. poverty. history. An application or interview for an international relations degree will give students an opportunity to demonstrate their curiosity about global affairs (Independent. to presidents. everything that is related to international relations ± world politics. Trying to understand the IR theory unveils the worlds¶ history and it¶s most fascinating people and events ± it is history that leads to the world we are living in today ± whether good or bad. power and change. environmental protection. climate change. the place where we live and so on. Aids et cetera. because of the resources we possess. institutions (like the World Bank and the EU). human rights et cetera. poverty. geography. buy or boycott goods from the supermarket. conflict and cooperation.from states. because of out identities. or even ideas political or religious) crucial in deciding what happens in the world? How should we cope with global issues? Does it really make a difference to have Angelina Jolie as a United Nations goodwill ambassador? Courses in international relations look behind the headlines to the key players in world politics. terrorism or pacifism. economy et cetera) has a huge influence on all of us. international relations is about war and peace. debt. wealth and poverty. nuclear proliferation. You do not need to have the answers to the world's problems. recycle plastic or bottles. we participate in 2|Page . 2010). We are already part of international relations because of the choices we make. or sociology for example. International Relations is not just a field of academic study. Put simply. even though it is not taught at school.
3|Page . opportunities and ideas from other countries. The ease at which students obtain employment after graduation is to a great extent dependent on the state of the global economy. products. Our daily lives are more and more international in their focus. improvements in communications and transport technology mean we are constantly coming into contact with people. places. The study of International Relations enables us to explain why international events occur in the manner in which they do and gives us a greater understanding of the world in which we live and work (Lincoln. 2010).International Relations. and in a globalised economy graduate jobs are increasingly likely to involve international travel and require an understanding of the international political and economic environment in which businesses must operate.
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