The purpose of the International Relations class is to introduce students to some of the broad themes in the study of that matter, and provide them with methodological and practical tools to understand and evaluate arguments about contending issues in international affairs.
The seminar is intended to engage students in the study and application of theories of international relations in relation with their domain of expertise of engineering.
Theories give us a lens through which to see the core of problems and issues in the world.

Moreover, this course will provide students a general introduction to the theoretical paradigms which have historically guided research in International Relations. We will investigate the ‘grand theories’ of international relations.

Throughout the course, we will not only learn these paradigms, but also use them in applied settings to understand contemporary topics such as Global governance, environmental cooperation, nuclear proliferation,
human rights institutions, and international trade. We will examine the effect of globalization and international economic integration on industries, the links between national economies, military power and security; consider how globalization affects these links; assess differing national policies for technology and innovation.
The course will include discussion of technology transfer, the social construction of information technology and the institutional power of the internet just to name a few topics.