International Relations

Instructor:Lilia Bondareva
Updated:3 February, 2016

Course Summary

Public relations are practiced in an increasingly interconnected world. Understanding relationship-building and relationship management across national and regional borders becomes an important prerequisite for any practitioner that aims to communicate globally. The course on international relations brings in a global perspective on public relations practice including appreciating how socio-economic and political particularities in different regions and countries influence the communication agenda throughout the world. The course also provides insights into the way advances in technology bring about challenges and opportunities for communication practices within a global framework.

Course Format

Hours of lectureHours of discussionHours of independent studyTotal numbers of hours

Please note that the time spent on independent study exceeds hours of lecture and discussion.

Course Content

The course will cover the following topics:

  1. Introduction to the Theory of International Relations.
  2. The Main Theories and Models of International Relations.
  3. International Organizations and International Law.
  4. Globalization and Political Processes.
  5. Technological and Information Security Threats.
  6. International and Regional Conflicts.
  7. Influence of Technologies on the Dynamics of International Relations.
  8. International Economic Processes. Assessing a Region’s Investment Prospects.
  9. The Role of Multinational Corporations in International Processes.
  10. Development of Regional Economies in the 21st Century. Problems and Challenges of the 21st Century.
  11. Methodology of Social and Political Research in the International Realm.
  12. Scientific and Technological Progress of a Region in Terms of Global Political Processes.
  13. Advanced Studies for Sustainable Development.

Reading List

Required reading:

  1. Paul R. Viotti, Mark V. Kauppi (2013). International Relations and World Politics. Pearson.

Recommended reading:

  1. Donatella della Porta, Michael Keating (2012). Approaches and Methodologies in the Social Sciences. Cambridge University Press.
  2. Ian Bremmer (2012). Every Nation for Itself. Portfolio/ Penguin.
  3. Government Information Quarterly. Elsevier.

Online resources:

  1. International Relations
  2. Innovation: Transforming China’s Economic Development
  3. European Competitiveness: is completing the single market the key?
  4. Brazil

Homework Assignments

Homework will be assigned weekly. You will be expected to study the books from the reading list and to analyze various cases. You will participate in forums on issued raised during the course, write an essay and prepare a project.


It is a graded course of study. You should complete all the assignments and take an exam.