International Relations Theory OpenCourseWare: A Free MIT Grad-Level Class on International Relations

Published Feb 15, 2009

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Students interested in the theories and concepts driving foreign policy decisions can take the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT) free 'Field Seminar in International Relations Theory' OpenCourseWare. Students pursuing their Ph.D. in Political Science would be interested in this free course.

Field Seminar in International Relations Theory: Course Specifics

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Field Seminar in International Relations Theory: Course Description

This survey course in international relations theories is offered by the Department of Political Science at MIT in Cambridge, MA. The course begins by looking at how anarchy and government interact to set the limits of state power, stability, foreign trade and security. Students then examine how international regimes and institutions affect stability using examples, such as European integration. The course asks how theories of different leaders, psychology and varying perceptions underlie international politics and misperceptions. After completing this course, students will understand how international relations and foreign policy theory influence diplomacy and domestic policy decisions. Political science professor Dr. M. Fravel teaches this course. This OpenCourseWare requires an Internet connection and access to the required readings.

This OpenCourseWare includes a syllabus, bibliography and assignments. Those interested in this free course should visit the International Relations course page.

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