Theories of International Relations


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

The module comprises a relevant coursework and an individual examination portfolio.

Learning objectives


The student must attain

Knowledge and understanding of:

  • basic theories and methods within the field of international relations such as realism, liberalism, social constructivism and Marxism.


The student must attain

Skills in:

  • analyzing and reflecting on basic theories of international relations.



The student must attain

Competencies in:

  • considering the relevance of basic theories within the field of international relations in relation to issues such as international conflicts, international cooperation, or the role played by state and non-state actors in world politics.
  • communicating about issues in international relations theory in a clear written English.


Type of instruction

Please see § 17 in the curriculum.



Name of examTheories of International Relations
Type of exam
Written exam
The examination is an individual exam portfolio; the content of the portfolio must demonstrate that the student has achieved the above-mentioned learning objectives that the student has achieved the above-mentioned learning objectives and has participated actively in course activities. The requirements for the contents of the portfolio will be determined by the course instructor at the start of the semester.

The assignment paper will be evaluated by the examiner.

Any re-examinations will be held in accordance with the above guidelines on the basis of a revised exam portfolio.
Permitted aids
All written and all electronic aids
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleTeorier om internationale relationer
Module codeBALISE2012
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Education ownerBachelor of Arts (BA) in Language and International Studies, English
Study BoardStudy Board of International and Cross‐Cultural Studies
DepartmentDepartment of Culture and Learning
FacultyFaculty of Social Sciences and Humanities