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This course is to help students to understand the basic concepts and the major issue areas of contemporary international relations. It will focus on ideas about international relations and introduce major theoretical approaches in the academic study of international relations. The key theories and approaches to be examined include: realism and neo-realism; theories about war, security and the use of force in international relations; classical liberalism, globalization, neo-Marxist and critical theory approaches to international relations, and transformation in world politics. It seeks to provide not only an overview of the key theoretical debates, but also a ‘toolkit’ of concepts that students can use to analyze international relations.