Master of Arts in International Relations & Diplomatic Studies
Master of Arts in International Relations & Diplomatic Studies.
International relations (IR) is both an activity and discipline that helps to understand the politics, nature, scope and systems in a world. The discipline represents the study and interaction of activities/issues that make up the basis of foreign affairs among states and non-state actors in international system for the survival of states in an anarchical world. The subject continues to debate whether states or individuals should be the focus in international relations. International relations (IR) or international affairs, depending on academic institution, is either a field of political science, an interdisciplinary academic field similar to global studies, or an entirely independent academic discipline in which students take a variety of internationally focused courses in social science and humanities disciplines.
The study of International relations is a theoretical perspective; it attempts to provide a conceptual framework upon which international relations can be analyzed, predicted and explained to make meaning and help in crisis management. The mainstream theories include; idealism and realism. The theories set debate in international relations today. The critical theories used are; liberalism, Marxist, World System theory, modernization, dependency and constructivism among others that help to understand the world around us and separate facts from non-facts.