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Field Seminar in International Relations

This course provides an overview of the key issues and theories of global and international affairs. Introductory sessions will cover core theories as well as integrating concepts to help understand International Relations as a complex interplay between power and interests, cooperation and discord; institutions and norms, and diverse actors. Subsequent weeks will apply these concepts to selected issue areas including security and war; peacekeeping and humanitarian intervention; international trade and finance; and global public goods such as climate change and global health.
It is anticipated that students will develop a deeper and more nuanced understanding of the complexities of the international system in the 21st century. Through prescribed academic writings, students are directed to the linkage between emerging global events and to think critically about how the global agenda of the new millennium will be shaped by drivers such as globalisation, cooperation and discord, and major power transitions.
The following outcomes are emphasized:
1.An ability to approach both theoretical debates and foreign policy outcomes with diverse analytical tools
2.The ability to collate and evaluate arguments from different sources and perspectives
3.The ability to formulate and articulate views coherently in written and oral forms
4.Critical thinking, analytical and reading skills
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時間割/共通科目コード
コース名
教員
学期
時限
5112195
GPP-MP5P10L3
Field Seminar in International Relations
HENG Yee Kuang
S1 S2
水曜4限
マイリストに追加
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教室
講義使用言語
英語
単位
2
実務経験のある教員による授業科目
NO
他学部履修
開講所属
公共政策学教育部
授業計画
Week 1 The Distinctive Nature of International Politics This topic introduces students to what makes International Politics distinct from domestic Politics and Political Science. It provides background to concepts such as anarchy and the ‘domestic analogy’. Week 2 Foreign Policy Analysis Theories and frameworks for understanding how states conduct and interpret foreign policy are presented here, such as the Rational Actor model and Bureaucratic Politics model. Week 3 Discord and Collaboration: Theories on International Cooperation This session will consider theories that explain international cooperation, such as liberal, neo-liberal and constructivist theories. These theories depart from the Realist framework but how successful are they in understanding and explaining collaborative and institutional aspects of international relations? Week 4 International Organizations: A Theory Framework Different theories perceive differently the utility of International Organizations. This session will provide for an analytical framework to evaluate the authority and effectiveness of International Organizations. Week 5 Drivers of change: Power transitions and globalization Key global trends that affect international politics are discussed here, through theories of Power Transition with the rise of China, and the impact of globalization. Week 6 Collective Defense and Collective Security This session will contrast and compare, in both theory and policy perspectives, collective defense and collective security systems. Of particular concern is the transformation (or stagnation) of these systems since the end of the Cold War. Week 7 Intervention in World Politics : From Balance of Power to Statebuilding Intervention has been a key feature in world politics throughout the history. This session will consider main drivers and justifications for intervention, and evaluate how successful IR theories are in explaining state practice. Week 8 Humanitarian Intervention and the Responsibility to Protect Key legal, normative, policy and institutional issues concerning humanitarian intervention and the Responsibility to Protect will be discussed. Both historical and contemporary cases will be used to highlight debates. Week 9 Evolution of Peacekeeping in a Historical Perspective This session will discuss the historical evolution of peacekeeping in practice and theory. What are the most relevant factors/drivers that explain the features and outcome of peacekeeping operations? Week 10 Climate Change The severity and impact of climate change on the global agenda is discussed, together with key concepts such as the Tragedy of the Commons and the challenges for cooperation amongst states. Week 11 Financial Crisis and IPE This topic introduces some basic theoretical frameworks of International Political Economy, and the challenges posed for power transitions, global cooperation and international organisations by financial crises in recent years. Week 12 Global health Using examples of SARS, Ebola, and MERS, this topic highlights how health has become a global issue in recent years. It also demonstrates the need for global cooperation through international organisations such as the WHO and the response of major actors like the US, China and the EU. Week 13 Conclusion and Wrapping Up
授業の方法
The instructor will first provide an overview and recap at each session, followed by a short 10mins break. This is followed by an interactive seminar format where student groups will participate and take responsibility for designing classroom activities. The instructor will give more guidance on designing classroom activities in the first session.
成績評価方法
Class Participation (20%); Student-designed Activities and Presentation (20%); One final essay based on readings (60%)
教科書
Not specific
参考書
Sample readings: John Baylis, Steve Smith and Patricia Owens (eds), The Globalisation of World Politics, Oxford University Press, 6th edition, 2014 Martin Wight, International Theory: The Three Traditions (London: Leicester University Press, 1994), Chapter 1 H Bull, The Anarchical Society, (London: Macmillan 1977) C Alden and A Aran, Foreign Policy Analysis – New Approaches, Routledge, 2011 S Smith, A Hadfield and T Dunne (Eds), Foreign Policies: Theories, Actors and Cases, Oxford University Press, 2012, 2nd ed H. Morgenthau, Politics Among Nations (5th ed., New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1973). Arnold Wolfers, Discord and Collaboration (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1962). More detailed reading lists will be introduced during the first class.
履修上の注意
This is a doctoral-level course but Masters-level students, both M1 and M2, are also accepted at discretion of instructors. The class size will be limited to 20 students to maintain teaching quality. Students wishing to enroll in this class should email Teaching Assistant Kai Koki to register their interest and contact details as soon as possible, Kai can be contacted at *****