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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 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.
At the end of this course, the student should have familiarised with a series of ongoing discussions concerning the nature of international politics, both in its theoretical articulation and in its several sectorial dimensions. International political theory will be introduced through an analysis of the major 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 acquaint-ed 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.
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時間割/共通科目コード
コース名
教員
学期
時限
5112260
GPP-MP5P10L3
Introduction to International Politics
ORSI Roberto
A1 A2
金曜3限
マイリストに追加
マイリストから削除
教室
国際学術総合研究棟 講義室B
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
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 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
成績評価方法
80% 2 Essays 20% Attendance and Participation
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, Fifth Edition, Palgrave Macmillan 2013. • Robert Jackson and Georg Sorensen, Introduction to International Relations, Theories and Approaches, Sixth Edition, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016. • Joyce P. Kaufman, Introduction to International Relations. Theory and Practice, Second Edi-tion, Lanham (Maryland): Rowman and Littlefield 2018. • Cynthia Weber, International Relations Theory: A Critical Introduction, Forth Edition, Lon-don and New York: Routledge 2014.
参考書
References for each lecture will be indicated at a later stage
履修上の注意
The size of this class is limited to about 18 students. Past experiences have revealed that if a class is well above this limit, the quality of teaching and overall interaction is diminished.