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World Politics and International Relations

Academic Year
Instruction in English
ECTS credits
Course type:
Compulsory course
2 year, 1, 2 module


Ageeva, Vera

Dekalchuk, Anna A.

Course Syllabus


The course ‘World Politics & International Relations’ combines theory and practice. The first section (Block 1) covers the major theories in the academic discipline of International Relations (hereafter IR). The second section (Block 2) covers diverse issues in world politics and IR (such as diplomacy and its evolution, globalization trends, hard and soft security-related policy issues, etc). The teaching format is traditional and innovative at the same time. Students will learn through lectures, and through more intriguing, class-led and lively ways. Most of the intellectual work on this course will be done in interactive discussion groups (hereafter DGs) where students will discuss the assigned readings for the course and link them to major IR issues of the day.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • As the major learning outcome, we expect students to understand and to critically conceive the major theories and main concepts, themes and issues of the discipline of World Politics and International Relations and to be able intelligently engage with these concepts, notions and terms.
  • Along with acquiring new knowledge on world politics, students will gain skills in applying different IR theoretical frameworks while analysing a range of contemporary issues of international relations.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • 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 - by using political science methods - and in support of practical decision making process
  • 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
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • BLOCK 1. Major Theories of International Relations. 1. Political Realism and Liberalism: The Story of Confrontation and Inter-action
  • 2. Neo-realism and Neo-liberal Institutionalism: the Neo-Neo Debate
  • 3. Marxist and Neo-Marxist International Relations Theories
  • 4. Social Constructivism
  • 5. Post-positivist Turn in IR and Poststructuralism
  • 6. Postcolonialism
  • 7. Feminist Theories of IR
  • 8. Geopolitics as a Theory of International Relations
  • BLOCK 2. Selected Issues in World Politics and IR. 9. Diplomacy and Foreign Policy
  • 10. Major Trends of Globalizations
  • 11. Hard and Soft Security
  • 12. Terrorism as a Hard Security Challenge
  • 13. Development-related Problems as a Soft Security Challenge
  • 14. Environmental Issues as a Soft Security Challenge
  • 15. Revision test
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Written participation
  • non-blocking Oral Participation
  • non-blocking Homework question
  • non-blocking Presentation
  • non-blocking Revision test
  • non-blocking Exam
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (2 module)
    0.35 * Exam + 0.104 * Homework question + 0.169 * Oral Participation + 0.104 * Presentation + 0.104 * Revision test + 0.169 * Written participation


Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Pashakhanlou, A. H. (DE-576)432305564. (2017). Realism and fear in international relations : Morgenthau, Waltz and Mearsheimer reconsidered / Arash Heydarian Pashakhanlou. Cham: Palgrave Macmillian. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edswao&AN=edswao.487788680
  • Reus-Smit, C., & Snidal, D. (2015). Reunited Ethics and Social Science: The Oxford Handbook of International Relations. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.CE5D2989

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Drezner, D. W. (2008). All Politics Is Global : Explaining International Regulatory Regimes. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=286643
  • Lawrence, P. (2005). Nationalism : History and Theory (Vol. 1st ed). Harlow, England: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1361060
  • Milner, H. V., & Moravcsik, A. (2009). Power, Interdependence, and Nonstate Actors in World Politics. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=376578
  • Wallerstein, I. M. (2016). Modern World-System in the Longue Duree. London: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1099274