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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|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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