International Relations Assignment

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The following assignment focuses on international relations. The assignment is divided into two parts. The first part deals with defining international relations and the impact of globalisation. The second part of the assignment elaborates on the theories of international relations.
There are countless definitions of the term international relations subject to the context one would be referring to. We could say, according to Patrick McGowan , that international relations is the study of how authority and or power is used to organise and manage trans-border relations between actors, and how this contributes to the establishment, maintenance and transformation of order in the world system. (2006:13) we could
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This affects me directly because as a citizen of a country, one wants to live in a country that has a great economy. A country with a great economy means that taxes are lower and production is higher and your choices to goods and services is not limited. Countries with good economies are not that much affected by factors such as recession and loss of jobs.
Globalisation can lead to introduction of new technologies. As a student and a person born of the 21st century, technology has become a way of life for the modern person. Introduction of new and innovative technology makes telecommunication much easier and is helpful to the so-called fast life that we have adapted to.
Globalisation can lead to new scientific research patterns. This affects me because scientific research is fundamental in a modern society and can help combat let us say newly discovered diseases, with scientific research we can find the causes of these diseases as well as methods and solutions to fight them. Science also plays a fundamental role in the schooling life; we write thesis based on scientific
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This affects me because I might be at a disadvantage with regards to perhaps my specific qualifications. I will not be paid my worth.
Theories of International Relations are the formal academic results of the activity of thinking systematically about our assumptions concerning the cross- border interaction between actors, and the broader public-policy implications of these interactions. (Mc Gowan, 2006:27)
The theories are divided into three categories, namely, (1) Realism, (2) Idealism and (3) Marxism. These shall be discussed with relation to the following subcategories of the assumptions; (a) Anarchy, (b) Power, (c) Morality, (d) Role of States and (e) Continuity.
REALISM (Mc Gowan, 2006: 29-31)
Realists are also termed as the sceptics. They believe that the state 's main objective is to attain power and to maintain it.
In terms of anarchy, the realists believe that states are selfish actors who seek to maximize their own interests at the expense of the other states. Realists believe that it is perfectly rational for states to look out for their own interests exclusively. They believe in the decentralisation of
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