International Relations Course | Varsity Education

International Relations

This subject is combined with History on Cambridge Winter College

The International Relations course provides students with an introduction to the ideas, events and conflicts that shaped the formation of the modern world.

Students receive an introduction to fundamental international relations theories as they analyse the competing ideologies battling for supremacy during the 19th and 20th centuries.

The course examines political, military, and cultural turning points from the early modern era up to the present day. Students will gain insight into the violent and ideological conflicts that birthed the nation state, the decline of European empires in the 20th century, and problems in contemporary international relations.

Our International Relations course takes students beyond simply the study of current affairs to a deeper understanding of complex global political events. The course covers key issues of human rights, conflict and environmental change as well as analysing large scale international organisations such as the European Union and the UN.

International relations is a unique academic discipline which draws on politics, economics, law, history and geography to explore global issues such as inequality, religion and democratisation. Students will use their new found skills to analyse how political, economic and cultural forces interact to forge relationships between states and how shifting dynamics in our complex, globalised world can cause tension and occasionally, conflict.

Topics may include:

  • The Great War
  • The Treaty of Versailles and the League of Nations, 1918-1939
  • WWII, 1939-1945
  • The Cold War, 1945-1991
  • The rise of the European Community, 1945-present
  • 11 September 2001 – Afghanistan and Iraq
  • Justice, Authority and Power
  • Contemporary International Relations Theory
  • Peace, Conflict and Security: Theories and Practice

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