SOAS University of London

International Foundation Courses and English Language Studies

Introduction to International Relations

This optional unit presents an introductory framework for explaining major historical events at international level. It offers a critical assessment of key international issues in the modern political world from both Western and non-Western perspectives. Topics include:

  • the impact of European expansion on non-western states
  • decolonisation
  • international politics after the Cold War
  • the growth of international and non-governmental organisations
  • problems of terrorism and refugees
  • concepts of global justice and human rights
  • the politics of the environment


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