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SOPT0002 Introduction to International Relations, 5 ECTS cr. 
Code SOPT0002  Validity 01.01.1950 -
Name Introduction to International Relations  Abbreviation Introduction to 
Credits5 ECTS cr.  Date of expiry  
TypeBasic studies Subject0304 International Law 
ClassCourse  Hours  
Study right   GradingPass, Fail, Grades 1-5 
Recommended timing 
Organisation Faculty of Social Sciences 

General learning material of the study object:
Author Title Year Obligatory Availability
     Stephen McGlinchey  International relations    Obligatory Availability
     Stephen McGlinchey  International Relations Theory    Obligatory Availability


After completion of the course the student is able to
- demonstrate an understanding of the nature of International Relations as a scientific discipline
- identify key theoretical differences within the discipline of International Relations
- explain the utilities of International Relations for the interpretation of the root causes and consequences of contemporary political problems and phenomena.


The course focuses on the historical origins and development of the discipline of International Relations. The lectures will give historical context to that development and explain the limits and potentials of International Relations for addressing the major problems of international politics today.


Lectures (16 hours). Independent work.


Lecture attendance and a written assignment.

More literature information and extra material 

Stephen McGinchley (ed.) (2017) International Relations.
Stephen McGinchley, Rosie Walters, Christian Scheinpflug (eds) (2017) International Relations Theory.
Both available and free to download at target=_blank>


Fail: Performance is highly deficient or erroneous. The work may be based on serious misunderstandings.

Sufficient and satisfactory (1-2): Performance is lacking in scope, superficial, or corresponds poorly to the assignment. The author merely lists things out of context or addresses them one-sidedly. The work may contain errors or obscurities.

Good and very good (3-4): Performance corresponds to the assignment, manifesting comprehension and a skill to analyse and justify. The author has addressed the issue comprehensively. The work may contain some deficiencies.

Excellent (5): Performance delineates an extensive whole and the author can apply knowledge in a multifaceted way or place it in various contexts. The work manifests independency and insight, and it is a flawless entity that involves justified thinking or critical contemplation. The work is well written and implemented.


1. period.

Target Group 

Recommended for 1st year students.


Current and upcoming courses
Functions Name Type ECTS cr. Teacher Schedule
Reg. time is off. Introduction to International Relations  Lecture course  Julian Reid 
08.10.21fri 09.00-12.00
11.10.21mon 08.00-12.00
13.10.21wed 08.00-12.00
15.10.21fri 08.00-12.00

Upcoming exams
No exams.