International Relations, 7,5 högskolepoäng
International Relations, 7.5 credits
Kursplan för studenter höst 2020
Kurskod: LIRN10
Fastställd av: Utbildningschef 2019-12-16
Gäller fr.o.m.: Hösten 2020
Version: 1
Utbildningsnivå: Grundnivå
Utbildningsområde: Samhällsvetenskapliga området
Ämnesgrupp: SH1
Fördjupning: G2F
Huvudområde: Samhällskunskap


On completion of the course, the student should be able to:

Kunskap och förståelse

- describe and explain different perspectives, concepts and theories in international relations

Färdighet och förmåga

- analyse and argue for different theoretical positions and perspectives on international relations
- explain and analyse the development of international relations, cooperation and conflicts

Värderingsförmåga och förhållningssätt

- critically examine, evaluate and assess actors, stuctures and processes in international relations


• Central theories, concepts and perspectives in international relations
• Economic, political, social and trade relations
• Phenomena and processes surrounding peace, war, conflict, international cooperation, development, globalisation, regionalisation, ethnicity and nationalism


The teaching consists of lectures, seminars and exercises performed individually and in groups.

An e-learning platform is used.

Students who have been admitted to and registered for a course have the right to receive instruction/supervision for the duration of the time period specified for the particular course to which they were accepted. After that, the right to receive instruction/supervision expires.

Undervisningen bedrivs på engelska.


General entry requirements and at least 60 credits in Civics, Social studies, International relations or the equivalent. English proficiency is required. Exemption is granted from the requirement in Swedish.

Examination och betyg

Kursen bedöms med betygen A, B, C, D, E, FX eller F.

The grades A, B, C, D and E are all passing grades. For courses with more than one element of examination, students are given a final grade based on an overall assessment of all the elements included in the course. The final grade of the course is issued only when all elements of examination have been passed.

The examination is based on instruction and course literature.

The course is examined through an individual written examination, an individual written assignemnt and an individual presentation of the written assignment.

The examination must allow for students to be assessed on an individual basis. Further information concerning assessment of specific intended learning outcomes and grading criteria is provided in a study guide distributed at the beginning of the course.

To receive the final grade of E, at least E is required for all examinations and for the course grades A-B, at least A is required for the individual written examination.

Students are guaranteed a minimum of three attempts to pass an examination, including the regular attempt.

If a student has failed the same examination three times, the student is entitled to request that the next examination be assessed and graded by a new examiner. The decision to accept or reject such a request is made by the vice dean of education. A student may not make a second attempt at any examination already passed in order to receive a higher grade.

In case a course is terminated or significantly altered, examination according to the earlier syllabus shall be offered on at least two occasions in the course of one year after the termination/alteration.

Poängregistrering av examinationen för kursen sker enligt följande system:
Individual written assignment and individual presentation2,5 hpA/B/C/D/E/FX/F
Individual written examination5 hpA/B/C/D/E/FX/F


The instruction is followed up throughout the course. At the end of the course, a course evaluation is performed and commented on by the course coordinator and, if possible, a student representative/student representatives (course developer/s). The evaluation, which is published on the relevant e-learning platform and submitted to the administration, is to function as a basis for future improvements to the course.


Baylis, John, Smith, Steve & Owens, Patricia (Ed.) (2017). The Globalization of World Politics - An Introduction to International Relations. (7. ed.) Oxford: Oxford University Press. 610 pages.

Bellamy, Alex J. (2006). Just Wars - From Cicero to Iraq. Cambridge: Polity Press. 280 pages.

Dodds, Klaus (2014). Geopolitics – A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 157 pages.

Additional literature, app. 200 pages.

Citing Sources – How to Create Literature References

The Interactive Anti-Plagiarism Guide – Jönköping University
Information about plagiarism at higher education institutions
Also available in the course event on the e-learning platform.