This course provides an introduction to the academic field of politics known as International Relations (IR). It is intended to help you explore and critically assess the ideas, issues and theories that shape our understanding of contemporary global politics. Along with introducing some of the different theories that are used in the field, a number of important issue areas in global politics will be covered, including relations between states, the politics of the international economy, security relations (including war, conflict, and peace), international development, the different roles of non-state actors, and international organizations.