PCR 305: The International System of Peace and Conflict Resolution

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, the students should be able to:

  1. explain the levels and characteristics that best suit their nation and environment;
  2. discuss both the theoretical and practical aspects of the so- called International systems; and
  3. identify the international systems as they relate to peace and conflict resolution.
Course Contents

Definition of international system, its components, processes, and structure. Introduces key terms and concepts of international relations theory and links them together in a unified cognitive map. Waltz’s three dimensions of International Structures should be taught. Types of International System- Unipolarity, Bipolarity & Multipolarity, with concrete illustrations. Two basic structural conditions of the international system – anarchy and hierarchy -. Explores the two major examples of structural change in the Asia-Pacific region: hegemonic change and globalization. Level of analysis (the individual, the bureaucracy, the nation state, and the international system).