Remote "Intro to International Relations"  

-- Sample Content

To provide a sample of how I approach Intro to International Relations as a remote course, below is the online (asynchronous) content from the first class of the course.  


Rather than rely on passive content, I attempt to make the online version of Intro to International Relations as interactive as possible.  The lecture component is kept brief and divided into short (approximately 5 minute) videos, making it easier for students to digest the content. Every few videos is followed by a class question.  These questions ask students to reflect on the content from the preceding videos, either by reading and commenting on additional material or by simply offering their "off the top of their head" thoughts based on the videos.  The overall goal is to place myself in the role of facilitating their exploration of a topic, rather than dictate the lessons.

Lecture 1. Video 1.

Lecture 1. Video 2.

Lecture 1. Video 3.

Class Question: Critical Reading


The study of colonialism and empire was foundational to the contemporary (i.e. post-WWI) discipline of international relations.  Read Chapter 1 of Paul S Reinsch's "World politics at the end of the nineteenth century" (available for free download via google books).  This book, published in 1900, is considered the first "International Relations" textbook (Carvalho et al 2011, 749).  To what extent does empire appear as a central concept?  Provide examples. According to Reinsch, was imperialism always a driving force of world politics? Write your answer in the "Message" box below and hit submit.


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Lecture 1. Video 4.

Lecture 1. Video 5.

Class Question: Reflection


Many people take for granted that the earth's surface is divided under the control of various governments. Just off the top of your head, why do you think there is no world government?  Write your answer in the "Message" box below and hit submit.


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