International Relations

Course Information

The purpose of this course is to introduce you to the fundamental principles of international relations. We will examine the theories of realism, liberalism and constructivism as they are understood in world politics. We will also explore issues that relate to the politics of conflict, diplomacy, environmental concerns, human rights, and examine the role of Africa in international relations. At the end of this course, you will have a comprehensive understanding of the basic principles and concepts of International Relations, as well as the ability to critically examine the global political system.

Introduction to international relations; the nation-state system; realism; liberalism; constructivism; globalisation; clash of civilisations; human rights; environmental issues; diplomacy; non-state actors; Africa in international relations

The Diploma in International Relations course assumes no prior knowledge of the subject content.

Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:

  • Discuss and explain key theories in international relations.
  • Outline the historical development of interstate relations and the place of the nation state in that development.
  • Describe the differences between national and transnational actors in the international arena.
  • Identify and discuss issues related to human rights.
  • Identify and discuss global environmental issues.

Course Materials

There is no assigned textbook for this class. There are however, required reading materials that can easily be assessed online. The topics are such that you are welcome to do your own research to supplement the assigned reading list.

Course Length

16 weeks

Teaching Method

Instructor-facilitated (online)


Candidates must achieve a minimum of 60% to be awarded the Diploma in International Relations.


Discussions, quizzes and a final project would help the instructor gauge your comprehension of the subject matter.

Instructor-facilitated Online Study

Course Venue: Flowers Online Learning (FOL) portal

Course Fee: US $150.00

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FOL Access Length: 16 weeks

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