Forum on pedagogy: the introductory course in international relations: regional variations

J. Frueh, P.F. Diehl, X. Li, G. Gokcek, J. Kalpakian, W. Vlcek, A. Bower, R.S. Espinoza, S. Carranco, J. De Matos-Ala, N.C. Behera, A. Acharya

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This forum explores how societal contexts affect how instructors teach introductory undergraduate courses in international relations (IR), global politics, and international studies. Contributors teach at universities in China, Ecuador, India, Morocco, South Africa, the United Kingdom-Scotland, and the United States. Because instructors vary the structure, content, and pedagogical approaches in their courses (and perhaps most in their introductory courses) to account for their students' backgrounds, conditions, and paradigms, the discipline can learn about contemporary global patterns by putting regionally diverse pedagogical approaches in conversation with each other. A concluding essay explores emergent patterns of a global IR and sets up points for further conversation. The authors hope sharing their pedagogical strategies will inspire instructors to devote the creativity necessary to improve how they teach introductory IR courses in their own societal contexts.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)125-159
Number of pages35
JournalInternational Studies Perspectives
Issue number2
Early online date25 Sept 2020
Publication statusPublished - May 2021


  • Global IR
  • Introductory courses
  • Pedagogy
  • Regions
  • Teaching and learning


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