In today’s globalized world every field of endeavor can have an international dimension. Therefore, the study of International Relations can be of use no matter what career you are pursuing. The International Relations package II is an in-depth and in-breadth continuation of International Relations I and consists of the following 4 courses:
I: Political Science with an orientation to International Relations – Methods, 7.5hp: The course deals with qualitative methods, concept analysis and discursive analysis. Furthermore, the concepts of the International Relations discipline are studied. The course also comprises of exercises which aim to enhance the students’ capacities to analyze international relations based on the theoretical literature within the International Relations discipline.
II: International Organizations, 7.5hp: The course deals with international organizations which include the study of different types of organizations, their institutions and functions as well as their relation to international law and their relation to states. In light of the emergence of ever tighter international organizations with ever deeper competencies, the changing, and maybe weakening, role of the member states is studied. The emphasis of the course is placed on organizations for global and regional security such as the UN, EU, OSCE, NATO and AU.
III: Peace- and Conflict Resolution, 7.5hp: The course deals with the central concepts as well as the basic theories of the research field as regards the causes of armed conflicts. These theories and concepts will be applied to case studies in different parts of the world. The course also deals with conflict dynamics and conflict diffusion. The concept of security will be studied on the basis of national, regional as well as global perspectives.
IV: Research Paper in Political Science, 7.5hp: The course consists of the writing of an individual research paper which means that the student will identify a political science research problem, apply political science theory and collect and analyze the material. The research paper is written and presented individually.