1. Professor in Charge

  2. Major H.C. Breede, PhD

  3. Professors for sections

  4. 1.Dr. J.  Boulden (Tuesday 0800-1000, Thursday 1530-1630)

  5. 2.Maj. H.C. Breede (Monday 1230-1330, Thursday 0800-100) Summary

  6. 3.Dr. K. Hulme (Monday 0800-1000, Thursday, 1230-1330)

  7. 4.Dr.   K. Hulme (Wednesday 1430-1530, Friday, 0800-1000)

  8. 5.Dr. D.M. Last (Tuesday 1430-1630, Thursday, 0900-1000)  Summary

  1. For Dr. Last’s details, including office hours and additional resources, see links from his homepage.

  1. Printable syllabus

Course description

  1. This course is designed to introduce students to the field of international relations. It addresses theoretical approaches to international relations and the utility of these approaches for describing and analyzing international events. These are discussed in conjunction with concepts related to foreign policy-making, national interest, security and weapons technology, regional and global organizations, international political economy, and globalization.

Learning objectives

  1. This course is part of the mandatory common core at RMC because a professional officer must be able to understand and explain the implications of international events, and to assess critically the explanations of others.  Seeking to understand the significance of events and issues in international relations should engage you throughout your career.  You won’t learn everything you need in one course. The course should permit you to do several important things as a leader and “manager of violence”:

  2. 1.Identify international relations as one of the major fields of political science, within broader disciplines of social science, with associated analytical tools

  3. 2.Describe major issues in the study of international relations

  4. 3.Analyze the impact of events on our understanding of relations between states

  5. 4.Evaluate the connection between events and theory development

  6. 5.Judge theories of international relations in light of historical and contemporary events

  7. I have provided a brief overview (1600 words) of the course in terms of its learning objectives. 

  8. DLast Key Learning Objectives POE116-2017.

Where it fits in the program

International relations is a common core area of study for all cadets taking degrees at RMC. It will normally be taken early in the program for students in arts, and may be in later years for students in science and engineering.


Shiraev, Eric B. and Vladislav Zubok (2016)  International Relations. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0199746516

Other readings will be provided online to augment your understanding of concepts, events, issues, and cases.

Course requirements and evaluation

  1. You will complete written assignments to the satisfaction of the instructor. 

  2. I will provide a marking guides for each assignment.

  3. Instructors may choose to use software to verify the provenance of your work (e.g Turnitin). 

  4. You are expected to attend all classes unless excused by the professor, and will be objectively assessed on work completed in class.

  5. The final exam will be held in-hall during the college examination period.  There will be a common exam for all sections. 

  6. Academic regulation 10.2 is in effect: “The instructor may refuse a student permission to write a final examination in a course if the requirements with regard to course work have not been met.”

Marking scheme (common to all sections)

  1. Quizzes                          30 percent (two quizzes worth 15 percent each)

  2. Written assignments      20 percent

  3. Final exam                     50 percent

Course content

  1. Individual sections may vary the order and content of the weekly headings. Professors may assign additional reading.  Engaging students in the understanding of current events as presented in mass media is an important part of the course.

  1. Course Syllabus for Dr. Last’s section is on this site.   Printable PDF Version

Academic integrity

  1. The college policy on academic integrity governs all work submitted.  Written work will be submitted through Turnitin.


  1. This online teaching resource was developed by David Last at RMC as part of a normal teaching load. It is housed on a private web site.  It is neither the property nor the responsibility of RMC.  All content is for teaching purposes and does not necessarily reflect personal opinions or institutional views or policies. Please direct any questions about the site to David Last.

Site updated, August, 2017, contact lastdav@gmail.com

Introduction to International Relations

David Last, PhD

“International Relations” is the study of relations between actors in the international system, including states, non-state actors, and international organizations.