In this course the history and structure of the international system will be discussed as well as key issues related to international politics. Main theories of international relations will be introduced and used to explain world politics after the Cold War and during a period of globalization. The role of the different actors in the international system will be examined both states international organizations multilateral corporations and non-governmental organizations.
In the second part of the course the lens will be narrowed down to specific issues of international politics e.g. international environmental issues international trade and poverty in the developing world. Iceland´s place as a small state will be discussed in lectures and integrated into discussions where relevant.
- Students can describe and explain key issues related to international politics
- Students can understand and discuss the international system current power structures and changes that have taken place in recent decades
- Students have skills to use theories of international relations to analyze complex issues related to international politics