Ch 21: Theories of International Relations Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Theories of International Relations chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach the various theories dealing with international relations in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Theories of International Relations chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

Day Topics Key Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday Rational choice theory Explains reasons for political alliances, voting results, bureaucracy and legislation; principles, applications, strengths and weaknesses of this theory
Tuesday Political realism theory Based on competition, conflict, security, national interest and power; applications, pros/cons and principles of this theory
Wednesday Liberal internationalism Idealism, intervention, military invasion and humanitarian aid; strengths/weaknesses of this theory and its applications
Thursday Principles of regime theory Liberal, realist, international cooperation; applications within international politics; this theory's positives and negatives
Friday Marxist theory Socialism, focus on economics in the international system; strengths and weaknesses of this theory related to international politics

5 Lessons in Chapter 21: Theories of International Relations Lesson Plans
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Rational Choice Theory: Definition & Principles

1. Rational Choice Theory: Definition & Principles

When we get down to it, states can only act through people. Consequently, if we want to understand state behavior in international relations, we need to understand human behavior. Rational choice theory attempts to do just this.

Political Realism Theory: Definition & Principles

2. Political Realism Theory: Definition & Principles

Actions of states on the world stage can affect billions of people, which is why understanding international relations is so important. In this lesson, you'll learn about one theory that attempts to explain international relations - political realism.

Liberal Internationalism: Definition & Principles

3. Liberal Internationalism: Definition & Principles

One of the great debates in the study of international relations is between the realism school of thought and liberal internationalism. In this lesson, you'll learn about liberal internationalism and its core principles.

Principles of Regime Theory: Strengths & Weaknesses

4. Principles of Regime Theory: Strengths & Weaknesses

International relations theorists attempt to explain how actors on the world stage gain security in an environment of anarchy. In this lesson, you'll learn about regime theory and its explanation of how actors try to create order out of chaos.

Marxist Theory: Definition & Impact on Politics

5. Marxist Theory: Definition & Impact on Politics

One of the most controversial theories of international relations in the Western world is Marxism. In this lesson, you'll learn about Marxism, its principles, its role in international relations and its strengths and weaknesses.

Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter exam.
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Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
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