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World Politics and International Relations

2020/2021
Учебный год
ENG
Обучение ведется на английском языке
5
Кредиты
Статус:
Курс обязательный
Когда читается:
3-й курс, 1, 2 модуль

Преподаватели

Course Syllabus

Abstract

The main goal of this course is to introduce students to the concepts and authors of the contemporary world politics and international relations, grounding students in several national theoretical traditions and encouraging them to produce analysis beyond the traditional nation-states centered paradigm. Students will learn about why these concepts matter; what controversies surround each of them and what the vigorous debates and disagreements about them reveals about the character of contemporary world politics in the era of globalization.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • By the end of the course students will have a much better understanding of the ideational, and normative dimension of international relations. They will learn about how to do concept analysis, and generally improve their analytical capabilities and their abilities to grasp the essence of world politics.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Student is capable of posing research problems relevant to the study of political phenomena and political processes; setting particular research tasks; and putting together a research design
  • Student is capable of reporting the results of the information retrieval and analysis, academic or applied research she/he has conducted: - in various genres (including reviews, policy papers, reports and publications pertaining to socio-political subject matter); - and depending on the target audience
  • Able to identify scientific subject
  • Work with information: find, define and use the information from different sources which required for solving of research and professional problems (including the system approach)
  • Able to think critically and interpret the experience (personal and of other persons), relate to professional and social activities
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Introduction to World Politics; Theories of world politics: Realism
  • Liberalism and Marxism
  • Identity and social constructivism
  • Gender and feminism
  • Sovereignty and poststructuralism
  • Hegemony and postcolonialism
  • International institutions in the global world economy
  • Poverty, hunger and global human rights
  • Evolution of the United Nations
  • Regional cooperation in a global context
  • International security and climate change
  • Terrorism and the changing character of war
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Discussion on Readings
    For every seminar student should read the required reading and be able to discuss it in class and answer instructor’s questions on the content of the reading as well as on the contribution of this text to the discussion on the most important topic of the course. This oral participation amount to 0,4 of the cumulative grade for the course.
  • non-blocking Essay
    In the end of the second module of the course students should write a 2000-word essay. It comprises 0,4 of the cumulative grade for the course. Students are strongly encouraged to consult teachers on their themes and essay outlines during the course. The deadline for the essay is the second seminar in December. The deadline for the essay could be extended if there is a valid reason for it (see paragraph 35 of the Regulations…, 2018). Recommendations for essay To choose the topic of your essay you should contact the teacher. The essay should include Introduction, Main part, Conclusion, Reference list. Introduction should include the following information: (1) why did you choose this topic, (2) some background information about the topic, (3) thesis statement (4) the structure of your essay. As a rough guide, the Introduction and Conclusion should be around 500 words (25%) of your whole essay. There should be no Title page. Please, put the title and your name on the first page of your essay above the Introduction. The length of the essay is 2000 words. Every 10% more or less than the word limit will incur a 10% grade penalty. The word limit does not include the title page, footnotes, endnotes and bibliography. It only refers to the substantive content of the essay itself. Write your essay in 12 point font, 1.5 spacing. The title and section heading should be bold. For citations your should use GOST-2008 style (with footnotes)
  • non-blocking Quiz
    Once every month there will be a short 5 min-quiz at the beginning of the seminar, covering the material of the previous lectures. It would consist of questions on remembering dates, names, and key ideas.
  • blocking Written exam
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (2 module)
    0.2 * Discussion on Readings + 0.3 * Essay + 0.3 * Quiz + 0.2 * Written exam
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • The globalization of world politics: an introduction to international relations, Baylis, J., 2017

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Handbook of international relations, Carlsnaes, W., 2013