The course examines the major theories of International Relations, the key sub-fields of international politics, and the current practices of global politics.
In the first part, the theories of realism, liberalism, marxism, and constructivism are studied. In the second part, the key concepts in foreign policy analysis, internetional political economy, and security studies are presented.
In the final part, the course disentagles the context of globalization, the institutional framework of global governance, and the current reality of global politics with its risks and opportunities.
The classes will be integrated with internet hang-outs centered on current events, as well as different kinds of exercises and tests.
What will I learn?
By the end of the course, the student will be able to understand critically international affairs, to analyse major international events, to interpret the position of key international players, and in the ultimate analsysis to play actively the global political game.
What do I need to know?
Basic knowledge of international history and current affairs.
Chapter 1 How to study International Relations (on key methodologies to study international affairs)
Structure of the course: To dos
How to explain international phenomena?
The Westphalian World
The origin of the discipline: idealism
Chapter 2 Realism (on the principal paradigm of IR theory)
Anthropology and history
State and Power
Institutions and negotiations
Chapter 3 Liberalism (on the second major paradigm of IR)
Introduction to liberalism
Democratic Peace Theory
Interdependence and neo-liberal institutionalism
International organizations and International regimes
Chapter 4 Marxism and Constructivism (on two important alternative theories)
Marxism: Class Struggle
Teoria de la dependencia
World System theory
Constructivism: The power of imagination
Ideas, identities, interests
Chapter 5: Foreign Policy Analysis (on the first sub-field of IR)
Instruments and determinants of foreign policy
Models of foreign policy decision-making
Chapter 6: International Political Economy (on the second sub-field of IR)
The three schools of IPE
From the embedded liberalism to globalization
Chapter 7: Security studies (on the third sub-field of IR)
The notion of security
Security and strategy
The development of war
Models of peacebuilding
Chapter 8: Globalization and the context of global politics (on the context of today's politics)