The study of IR goes well beyond issues of war and peace and reaches into multiple worlds and towards many issues: poverty, the environment, media, gender, HIV/AIDS, human rights, race, the economy, religion, culture etc. Indeed, scarcely a facet of contemporary life seems untouched by ‘the international’. As argued by Lawson (2012:1), “all these issues are underpinned by profound normative concerns – that is, concerns with how the world ought to be”. Therefore, the study of IR should provide us with a guide to understand events that have confused us, or identify new events that have eluded us as they unfold at the international level in order to ease the process of coping with international realities.
Lecturer: Dr Siphokazi Magadla
Period: Term 4
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