• a new course about the role of nuclear weapons in international relations
  • my aim is to provide you with a basic introduction into the world of arms control diplomats, disarmament activists, nuclear experts, and scholars studying the causes and consequences of the spread of nuclear weapons
  • the course is recommended for active students who enjoy interactive teaching methods, challenging debates, and international security puzzles

The course introduces students into the traditions of international thought. It starts with the evolution of the discipline of IR, traced by means of presenting its "great debates". Following this, ontological and epistemological problems in IR research are examined. Finally, the course surveys a variety of individual traditions and streams: realism and neorealism, liberalism and neoliberalism, constructivism and continental approaches, scientism, Marxism, feminism and green political theory.