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Introduction to International Politics

The course provides an overview of the main outstanding issues in international politics. First, after a brief historical introduction, it looks at the very definitions of this field of studies under a number of theoretical perspectives, and then focuses on several emerging problems of global nature. Besides the theoretical and methodological discussions characterising international political studies, the course highlights – by making a systematic use of illustrative examples – the relevance of geopolitics, of international economic questions, of international organisations, and of environmental concerns. The course is intended for an audience of post-graduate students with no or limited background in international studies, and aims to provide the information and analytical tools for an effective orientation in the contemporary global political setting. Although this course has an introductory nature, its attendance requires the student to possess a minimal background knowledge in political geography and history, not different from the one nec-essary in order to understand articles and other publications on current affairs (e.g. Financial Times, The Economist, etc…). For the various theoretical parts, a certain familiarity with the basic concepts of political theory is an advantage, as well as a minimal degree of knowledge concerning Western intellectual history. Students who will feel uneasy about any part of the course are required to raise the issue immediately with the course coordinator Dr. Orsi, who will provide additional bibliographical suggestions and explanations.
At the end of this course, the student should have familiarised with a series of ongoing discussions concerning the nature of international politics, but in its theoretical articulation and in its several sectorial dimensions. International political theory will be introduced through an analysis of the ma-jor schools of thoughts providing a definition of what international politics is about (ontology) and how it is supposed to be studied (epistemology). For this initial part (Lectures 1-7), the students will become familiar with the concepts of realism, Realpolitik, anarchy, power, national interest, zero-sum-game, relative vs. absolute gain, polarity, globalisation, sphere of influence, intervention, human rights, emancipation. A second group of four lectures introduces specific sub-disciplines and study fields in international politics, dealing with geopolitics, international political economy, international organisation, and international environmental issues. Student will become acquainted with the influence that geography exercises on the life of political communities, and how much of international political debates and struggles revolve around the position of a certain state within the economic architecture of the globe. International organisations will be illustrated as the key component of a highly interconnected world in need of governance structures, however tenuous. A strong emphasis will be put on environmental questions, particularly climate change, and the student will familiarise with the specific difficulties characterising environment protection in a globalised world with high levels of resource competition. The course will also provide insights into the UN Agenda 2030 or Sustainable Development Goals.
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学期
時限
5112260
GPP-MP5P10L3
Introduction to International Politics
ORSI Roberto
A1 A2
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教室
国際学術総合研究棟 演習室E
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
This is a regular class organised in weekly meetings of 100 minutes. The schedule will be as follows: 1. Introduction to the Course - What is International Politics? 2. Evolution of the International System: The Short Twentieth Century (1914-1989) 3. Evolution of the International System: The Era of Globalisation (1989-today) 4. Realist Approaches to International Politics 5. Liberalism and International Politics Geopolitics 6. Marxist and post-Marxist Theories of International Politics 7. Constructivism 8. Geopolitics 9. The International Political Economy 10. International Organisations 11. The International Management of Environmental Questions 12. The Security and Risk debates: an Overview 13. Wrap-up Lecture
授業の方法
Lecture; seminar; group discussions.
成績評価方法
The student’s performance is assessed with regard to attendance and in-class performance, and the production of essays. 20% of the overall assessment is determined by evaluating the student’s degree and quality of participation in class activities, including attendance. 80% of the assessment is determined by two essays (each with a 40% weight) which the student will submit to the course leader in the weeks following lecture 8 and the second one after the end of the course. Each essay should be about 1,500-2,000 word long and referenced. It should consist in the answer to a question chosen from a list which the course leader will circulate in advance. The course leader will announce the related deadlines during the course.
教科書
• Martin Hollis, Explaining and Understanding International Relations, Oxford University Press, 1991. • John Masker, Introduction to Global Politics. A Reader. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011. • John Ravenhill, Global Political Economy, Third Edition, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011. • Scott Burchill et al., Theories of International Relations, Fourth Edition, Palgrave Macmillan 2009. • Robert Jackson and Georg Sorensen, Introduction to International Relations, Theories and Approaches, Fifth Edition, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013. • Cynthia Weber, International Relations Theory: A Critical Introduction, Forth Edition, Lon-don and New York: Routledge 2014.
参考書
Readings will be indicated by the teacher for each class.
履修上の注意
Students are required to attend all classes once they have committed to the course. This includes all activities in preparation for each teaching unit, particularly the readings which are indicated via email to the students by the course teacher. Students should actively engage in class discussion, as this is a core part of the training in political disciplines, not only in order to potentiate the student’s knowledge of the various subjects, but to enhance his/her ability to communicate complex ideas in an effective way. Please come to class on time.