Easily this is one of the most productive courses I have taken. If one is seriously aiming to gain in-depth knowledge of the International relations holistically, this is the best course to go to.
The course provides understanding about basic concepts of IR Theory, with quizzes and assignments and useful readings. The professors are enthusiastic and able to explain the concepts in details.
by Jonathan S•
An amazing course. Very well presented, thought through and great overview of the topic. I will most definitely recommend this to anyone interested in the area.
by Thomas T•
Excellent course!! Professor Dmitry Suslov explains perfectly well. He became my inspiration to following career in the International Relations.
by Miriam E•
I am giving this course 2 stars because I found it to be quite Euro-US-centric and actually quite racist and sexist. I know this is not wholly the university's fault: IR as a field has been quite Eurocentric and male dominated in general. However, that is changing, and Coursera should be invested in ensuring the courses on its platform are growing with the fields they represent. Meaning, let's think a little harder about how race and gender play into IR and how IR theory has been portrayed and shaped from a more critical lens that acknowledges the field's racist past and present--instead of rambling off the same old Eurocentric story just because that's what we've always done.
All of the influential IR thinkers cited were American men, and some were European men. This course is your typical Westphalia and onwards vision of IR, dominated by male thinkers. African countries were only mentioned once or twice when the professors needed examples of poor countries. That is racist. This is really unacceptable. Also, how can IR theory really be INTERNATIONAL if it is only based on and shaped by events and (male) thinkers in the US and Europe? Intellectual racism and sexism are fitting descriptors.
The lecture on feminism was particularly terrible. The professor mischaracterized what feminism is by saying it is based on the assumption that men and women behave differently (that's not what feminism is). And then he proceeded to use a quote by a MAN to disprove feminism, saying that feminists have too many "unverified assumptions" and that Hilary Clinton and Condoleeza Rice are both women and are in politics, so therefore feminists are not needed in IR theory. It just made zero sense and is a huge injustice to portray feminism in this way. If you don't know what feminism is and you don't care about it, at least get someone who DOES to give the lecture on it.
This course has 2 professors. One is much more engaging than the other, who basically reads long sentences off of the powerpoint slides.
All said, I took this course because I care about IR theory and know that I need to learn about IR as it has been taught in the past to understand today's conversations in the field. However, if Coursera cares about racism and white supremacy, it should invest in courses that are not actively continuing white supremacy's legacies and ways of viewing and defining the world in the courses it offers. IR will continue to be racist as long as platforms like Coursera continue to invest in courses like this one.
by ferdinand a•
This course has helped me understood the fundamentals of IR Theory. The lecturers are very adept with what they teach. Awesome to complete such a long week of course 😊
by jayashankar w•
A brilliant analysis of the evolution of International Relations. Would highly recommend the course for anyone interested in getting a strong base in the subject.
by Malcolm R•
I thought that this was an excellent course, well taught and on a fascinating subject. I would be happy to do further course from this provider again, in the future.
by jose e•
Hi, it has been really useful, first week and it already has create some personal interest in develop an international relations bachelor degree
by Carlos A W P•
Amazingly clear, fun and nice course.The course instructor does a super job in transmitting the main ideas of International Relations Theory.I highly recommend this course to everyone interested in the IR ideas to understand our current World.
by Muhammed S•
It was really excellent taking this course. The course content was well delivered and the presenters were amazingly amazing in explaining the different concepts and views.
by David G B•
The course need some revision on the tests - some of them have the right answers marked before the start - and on the subtitles. Other than that, it's great.
by Jaime R C C•
It was very insightful, comprehensive, useful and gives all the clues to understand the external politics of every country in its outlines and scopes
by Md P A K•
I have learnt a lot of things in this course related to the subject. The teacher and the class were very helpful.
by Jonathan G•
although this course was very interesting and did mention current events, it failed to mention how most world leaders or the politics in general is run by the corporate world or the rich. You very rarely see anyone starting from humble beginnings or working-class to lead a country. Politics is plutocratic by far.
by Sahrish R•
I cannot continue with the course because I could not understand the Professor's accent. Lecture appearing in English text is incorrect grammatically in most places.
by Bhanu S•
A very to the point course. The concepts are explained along the chronology of events from World History, this is very helpful to be able to understand the "Why" of ideas. On the second day, already half way to the 5th week. Thank you very much Professors for making this course.
by Miceal O•
Exceptionally good course, comprehensive, video presentations were outstanding and informative. Exams were challenging but rewarding. I highly recommend this course.
by Philippe A•
I learnt a lot from this course, with a lot of theories and examples. I am positively surprised and very satisfied.
by Kainat K•
Informative and precise...... helped me understand the basics of International Relations really well.
by Oscar G M•
It is a great course about international relations! I like how themes are seen!
by Zia u i•
i is my first experience to do online course but i find it really amazing.
by Hadassah N•
Very informative and helpful in creating an understanding of this subject
by Mohammad M•
A great course to stimulate further study on International Relations
by Ivan Z•
Great course for understanding the basics of the IR Theory.
by Henry M•
Very interesting, organized and straight to the point.
by Diing D•
it is really helpful and easy to understand