World Politics and International Relations
- The goal is to introduce students to the major theories in International Relations about world politics and security-related issues of policy and intervention in contemporary world politics.
- Student is capable of retrieving, collecting, processing and analyzing information relevant for achieving goals in the professional field
- Student is capable of executing applied analysis of the political phenomena and political processes
- Able to conduct professional activities internationally
- BLOCK 1. Theories of International Relations. International Relations Theory and the Problem of Order
- Balance and Realism
- Society, the English School and Constructivism
- Institutions and Liberalism
- Emancipation and Critical Theory
- Limits and Poststructuralism
- Revision Test – Block 1
- BLOCK 2. Security in World Politics . The Idea of Security
- The State as a Security Arrangement
- National Security in Question: Weak and Strong States
- International Society as a Security Arrangement
- International Security in Question: The Changing Character of War
- Human Security and the Shift to a Global Polity
- Human Security in Question: The Politics of Protection
- Conclusions & Revision Test – Block 2
- Written Participation in seminarsFor every seminar in the course, students are expected to submit a maximum 200-word set of answers to two seminar questions. They are to choose these from a selection of between three and five questions for each topic. Answers can be written by hand or printed out. But they must be submitted at the start of each seminar, in person. The idea of these assignments is two-fold: first, to test if the students have mastered all the essential readings for the class (and at least ONE of the optional readings); second, to have the students’ practice and improve their skills in researching and composing written answers to challenging questions.
- Oral Participation
- Revision Tests
- EssayEssay is assigned in Block 2. Students are to write a 2000-word essay that answers the following question: ‘Security Paradigms in Conflict?’.
- Interim assessment (2 module)The cumulative grade for this course is calculated as follows: 30% for the Block 1 & Block 2 seminar participation ([10% + 5%] + [10% + 5%]). 20% for the Block 1 & Block 2 parts of the revision tests (10% + 10%); 20% for the Block 1 homework assignment; 30% for the Block 2 essay. The final mark for the course is worked out by this formula: 0.35 * exam mark + 0.65 * cumulative grade.
- Peoples, C., & Vaughan-Williams, N. (2015). Critical Security Studies : An Introduction (Vol. 2nd ed). London: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=837940
- The Oxford handbook of international relations / ed. by Christian Reus-Smit . (2008). Oxford [u.a.]: Oxford Univ. Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edswao&AN=edswao.253060060
- Babadac, A. A. (2013). The Oxford Handbook of National Security Intelligence - Edited by Loch K. Johnson. Political Studies Review, 11(2), 275. https://doi.org/10.1111/1478-9302.12016_77
- Oxford handbook of the international relations of Asia / edited by Saadia M. Pekkanen, John Ravenhill and Rosemary Foot. (2014). New York, NY [u.a.]: Oxford University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edswao&AN=edswao.414586344
- Williams, P. D., & McDonald, M. (2018). Security Studies : An Introduction (Vol. 3rd edition). Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1714831