DIR I - Elements of Political Institutions

Elements of International Relations I

DIR III : Diplomacy


Course Description

The course is designed to introduce the postgraduate level, students to the history of international relations from the early period to the end of Cold War and its aftermath. This course aims to examine alternative theories and frameworks for understanding post-cold war developments. For example, how do these theories assess the potential and implications of renewed great power conflict? How do they address the problem of U.S. hegemony and the reaction of others to this new reality? How do these contending theories explain the origins and consequences of terrorism and other global threats? What importance do they assign to the persistence of poverty and global inequality; to internal ethno/religious conflict and political instability; to ‘globalization and its discontents’?

Learning Outcomes: After completing this course, the student will be able to

  • identify and critically discuss key concepts and theories in post-cold war international relations
  •  apply theories and concepts to analyze specific issues, events and processes in global politics
  •  evaluate trends in international politics, economics, culture, communication, and international law

IR 3011- Introduction to International Relations

This Course intends to understand basic  factors, theory and practices of People's Republic of China's Foreign Policy.  The outcomes of learning this module for the students is that they might think and analyze  how China made and practice its foreign policy with world's countries particularly Myanmar.
1. Vital Elements of Foreign Policy
–Foreign Policy Thinking
– Priorities
–Principles and Practice
– Foreign Policy Decision making
2.  Foreign Policy under Deng Xiaoping ( 1978-  1989)
3. Foreign Policy under Jiang Zemin ( 1989- 2002)
4. Pursuit of Full partnership with the US
5. Soft Balancing in  Great Power Diplomacy
6. A Geopolitically Oriented  Economic Security Policy
 7. centrality of soft power
8. Foreign  Policy Decision Making under  Xi Jinping ( Foreign Policy since  2013 under the leadership of Xi Jinping)

Introduction to International Relations