International Relations and Global Governance
Full course description
The course introduces students to international relations theories and engages students into a number of topical debates on the changing global environment. Some of the discussed topics include mainstream and critical theories/concepts, history of international relations, the role of the state, the post-Cold War structure of contemporary international relations, domestic players and trans-national actors, international organisations and regimes, war and peace, humanitarian intervention, global inequality, sustainable development, global economic relations and international law. In addition, the course presents different approaches to global governance and shows how international relations theories can be applied to understand and explain not only state behaviour but also global efforts at addressing global challenges. The skills training of this course concerns Foreign Policy Analysis and students have to individually present their work in the form of a briefing.
- Analyse how the global environment has changed since 1989;
- Understand the main challenges of contemporary international affairs for Europe and the EU;
- Summarise the main conceptual and theoretical approaches in the field of international relations and you understand their relevance for the position of Europe within a changing global environment;
- Understand the importance of expert input to foreign policy-making, and understand the challenges involved in that exercise;
- Apply concepts and theories to advanced academic questions and policy relevant cases in the field of international politics;
- Evaluate and form a judgement on scholarly arguments, including their implicit assumptions, in debates about a changing global environment;
- Present an analysis of foreign policy for a relevant actor;
- Participate in scholarly and policy debates on International Relations and Global Governance, within the international PBL classroom, with a focus on team-work (in preparation for chairing a tutorial), leading and facilitating discussions and time-management (both during tutorials).
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Carlsnaes, W., Risse, T., & Simmons, B. A. (eds.) (2013). Handbook of International Relations (2nd ed.). London, Thousand Oaks: Sage.
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Weiss, T. G. & Wilkinson, R. (Eds.) (2014). International Organization and Global Governance. London, New York: Routledge.