Symbiosis International University Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts

Introduction to International Relations - I

Faculty Course Type Credits Prerequisites Semester
Ms. Sulakshana Sen Minor 4 IR Minor III

 Brief Overview 

This course will introduce students to International Relations as a subject and the need to study it. By establishing the basic principle of a Nation State and its concerns in International Politics, the concept of an International System will be explained. The course will then introduce the students to the various approaches used in the study of IR, namely the Philosophical, Historical, Scientific and Policy Making approaches.

 Course Objectives 

Students in this course will be able to –

  • Understand the basic concepts of International Relations
  • Develop multiple perspectives to analyse international political systems and situations.
  • Understand how nations apply these theories in dealing with other nations.

 Teaching Methodology 

The course is conducted mostly through interaction based lecture method, with regular Teach-A-Class by the students, where a group of students take that particular lecture in the manner in which they desire. Moreover, the course includes film screenings and analyses, case studies, etc.


Students are expected to –

  • Complete all required reading for each scheduled class as per the course outline,
  • Actively participate in class activities and discussions, and
  • Complete all evaluative processes for successful course completion!