THE REALIST THEORY OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

Topics: International relations, International relations theory, E. H. Carr Pages: 3 (1780 words) Published: October 29, 2014
TERM PAPER ON A CRITICAL ANALYSIS ON THE REALIST THEORY OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS WRITTEN BY PAUL EJE DANIEL DEPARTMENT OF POLITICAL SCIENCE FACULTY OF SOCIAL SCIENCES UNIVERSITY OF CALABAR, CALABAR SUBMITTED TO DEPARTMENT OF POLITICAL SCIENCE FACULTY OF SOCIAL SCIENCES UNIVERSITY OF CALABAR, CALABAR. AS A PARTIAL FULFILLMENT TO THE COURSE REQUIREMENT OF THEORIES OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS (POS3341). AUGUST, 2014 TABLE OF CONTENT INTRODUCTION --------2 THE REALIST THEORY OF IR------3 CORE ELEMENTS OF REALISM-----5 REALISM AND THE INTERNATIONAL POLITICS--6 CRITICISMS/WEAKNESSES OF REALIST IR THEORY--7 CONCLUSION--------7 REFERENCES---------8 INTRODUCTION Dating back to the establishment of a chair of international relations at the University of Wales in Aberstwyth in 1919, after the end of the first world war the need for a theoretical and analytical study of global politics vise a vise the necessity for international relations was conceived. In given a more understanding to this, different scholars from various academic disciplines such as law, philosophy, economics, diplomatic history and political science have all contributed to the study of international relations and as such the development of theoretical analysis to further portray a better understanding of international relations and the international system as a whole. Theories of international relations emerged as a sub-field of international relations to focus attention on theories, assumptions or perception behind events and results in international relations (Mazi 2007). Realism, Idealism or Liberalism, Modernism and recently feminism started to emerge and are still emerging. For the course requirement of Theories of International Relations, this term paper will focus on the Realist Theory of International Relations for critical analysis. At the end of this paper work, the reader should be able to better appreciate the theoretical perceptions and...
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