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International Relations

Gain an in-depth understanding of the world order that emerged following the Cold War, and explore how that era continues to shape the geopolitical and economic landscapes of our contemporary world. Consider the principal theories and history of international relations, and analyze the key dimensions of Cold War politics—competing ideologies, threats, and challenges. Examine the critical events and policies from the Cold War to the War on Terror, including the legacy of colonialism; European Union enlargement and economic integration; nuclear proliferation; globalization; the emergence of new players on the economic scene; and “issues without borders,” such as climate change, human rights, trafficking, immigration, and global pandemics. Discuss the influence that key leaders, international organizations, civil society groups, and technology have in shaping the world as we know it today.


  • International Relations Theory
  • Power, Anarchy and Statecrafts in the International System
  • Actors in International Politics: States, Institutions and Individuals 
  • The Rise of Non-State Actors 
  • The Use of Force: Deterrence, Coercion and War 
  • Cooperation and International Society 
  • Sovereignty and Intervention

This course is eligible towards the completion of the Certificate in Global Affairs. Bundle your coursework and earn a professional credential that communicates knowledge and skills gained. Declared Certificate students receive 10% off of courses within the program.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • An understanding of the emergence of the current great power dynamics of the 21st century.
  • Familiarity with the dominant theories of how nations interact.

Ideal for

  • Students new to a study of international relations and politics.
  • More experienced students who seek to apply international relations theory to current events.

1 section

  • Fall 2024

    • Section

    • Semester

      Fall 2024
    • Date

      Oct 1 - Nov 12
    • Day

    • Time

      • Online
    • Format

      • Online
    • Sessions

    • Faculty

    • Location

      Instructor Led