International Relations: Theories and Application

International Relations: Theories and Application

Course dates:
13 July, 2019 to 10 August, 2019
1,100 €
Multidisciplinary, Social Sciences
Application deadline:
Saturday, 15 June, 2019
Freie Universität Berlin International Summer and Winter University (FUBiS)
Berlin, Germany

General information

This course introduces the field of International Relations (IR). It is designed for students interested in understanding global issues and actors in a time of fast-moving political and social change. The focus will be on theories of IR and their application in international politics.

The field of IR studies the functioning of the international system and deals with the nature of the changing relations between states and with non-state actors. This course starts with discussing the classical theories of IR from Realism to contemporary attempts of theoretical bridge-building. Next, the course will deal with contemporary debates in IR against the backdrop of the changing international system. Among others, topics to discuss include multilateralism, globalization, and power transitions. The course continues with examining the role of non-state actors and key issues in contemporary IR such as terrorism or the environment; the goal is to discuss IR theories in the current political context. Finally, the course concludes with a round table discussion on the prospects for politics and IR.

In this course, students will learn political concepts and theories through lectures. To compare international political phenomena, each student has to introduce a current issue or actor in a short oral presentation. The students are expected to discuss theoretical questions about the political world in working groups making use of the current news on international politics. In addition, students will learn and practice how to voice their opinion and persuade their audience in an academic essay. Finally, the students will gain insight into daily international politics and IR research through field trips and meetings with IR scholars and international policy experts.


FUBiS offers the following accommodation options:

  •         single room in a shared apartment at the student dorms
  •         single occupancy apartment
  •         stay with a Berlin host family

For more details on the different accommodation options, please click here.


The easiest way to register for FUBiS is by using the online registration form. You can find detailed information on how to register here.

Registration deadline is June 15, 2019.

A comprehensive overview on fees and registration can be found here.

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Contact information


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