University Of Cape Town International Relations
International Relations at the University of Cape Town tries to strike a balance between International Relations as a field of study that evolved over centuries and International Relations as it is currently studied. International Relations as traditionally studied usually meant a focus on three concerns: war, diplomacy and trade. Now described respectively as conflict or security, diplomacy and negotiation and the international political economy, these remain the central subjects we want to study. Our approach also values, however, the contributions of other sub-fields of Political Studies, especially Comparative Politics, and contributions from other disciplines. In International Relations scholarly debates, African cases and issues are crucial and, for this reason, graduates of our programme are often called upon to show their expertise in African and/or Southern African material.
Specific additional entry requirements for this specialisation are a past academic history in International Relations, Political Studies/Science or a strong academic background in a related discipline.
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Courses are offered as “F” or “S” courses – depending on whether they are being held in the first or second semester. Check the course listings for the coming year to confirm which courses are on offer and when.
|POL4002F/S||Theories of International Relations|
|POL4039F/S||Peace Operations in World Politics|
|POL4049F/S||Comparative Foreign Policy (may not be offered in 2015)|
|POL5032F/S||International Political Economy|
|POL5034F/S||Conflict in Africa|
|POL5045F/S||Third World Politics|
Students may select electives from list B or other electives appropriate to their programme and research interests, subject to approval by the Convener. List B options may not replace list A options.
|POL4032F/S||Comparative Transitional Justice|
|POL4033F/S||African Politics (Not offered in 2015)|
|POL4044F/S||Global Political Thought|
|POL4048F/S||Dialectical Political Thought|
|POL5023F/S||Political Behaviour and Research|
|POL5026F/S||Special Topics (May not be offered in 2015)|
|POL5036F/S||Special Topics II (May not be offered in 2015)|
|POL5041F/S||History of SA Political Thought (Not offered in 2015)|
|POL5042F/S||Peace-building: Issues & Problems|
|POL5043F/S||Regionalism in Africa|
|POL5044F/S||South African Politics|
For descriptions of courses refer to the listings at the end of departmental entries, as well as the course listings in other, relevant faculty handbooks.