Course Objective• To have a deep(er) knowledge of the main International Relations
theories and approaches
• To have knowledge of the relevant topics and issues in the field of
• To know how to apply the more abstract theories and approaches to
contemporary issues and case studies of global politics to be able to
work in a group on such a contemporary case study, collect relevant
additional literature and data, and to discuss and present the findings
• To individually write an essay on a topic related to the content of
this course and give a presentation about it to the group
Course ContentBuilding on 'Political Science: State, Power and Conflict' from year 1,
this course offers a comprehensive overview of the
discipline and subject of International Relations (IR) and its main
concepts, issues and theories and approaches. The course is guided by
the question of to what extent, and how, the current process of
globalization is changing the nature and content of global politics,
approaching this question from the various competing theoretical
perspectives IR has to offer. Traditionally, the object of study for IR
has been the conflict between and cooperation of sovereign states. This
model is, however, increasingly regarded as outdated inasmuch as more
and more non-state actors such as multinationals, NGOs, and
transnational social movements appear to play a prominent role in world
politics. In addition, we can also observe transnational forms of
regulation through international organizations and the emerging
structures of what is called ‘global governance’. The question has been
raised whether in the face of these processes of globalization and
transnationalization, states have lost the sovereignty that used to be
the basis of the international system. Yet, there are still many
instances where state power is very visible. Recent geopolitical
developments and events related to, for instance, the rise of China have
also once more brought home the message that classical themes of
interstate rivalry and international security have not lost their
relevance in this new era. In this course the focus will be on seeking
to understand these broader questions through various theoretical
lenses, as well as to address contemporary issues within global politics
such as terrorism, environmental security, international law, and the
UN. Alongside the lecture series, students will work in groups in the
seminars on contemporary case-studies, learning to apply relatively
abstract theories and concepts to concrete questions. In addition,
students will be writing a short assignment on a pertinent question
related to global politics.
Teaching MethodsLectures and seminars (active learning groups).
Method of AssessmentWritten exam (70%), paper (30%), presentation (pass/fail).
Entry RequirementsMandatory courses of PPE specialization Track 3: Political Science
LiteratureBaylis, J. S. Smith and P. Owens (eds.) (2017), The Globalization of
World Politics: An Introduction to International Relations, 6th Revised
Edition, Oxford UP
Selection of journal articles and/or book chapters
Target AudienceSecond year PPE students
Additional InformationPlease note that participation in the seminars is mandatory.
Custom Course RegistrationThere is a slightly different enrollment procedure for this module. The standard procedure of the Faculty of Humanities has students sign up for (i) the module, (ii) the form of tuition (lecture and/or preferred seminar group), and (iii) the exam. However, for this module the instructor will assign the students to the seminar groups. Therefore, students should sign up for (i) the module, (ii) lecture and (iii) the exam, but not for the seminar groups.
Recommended background knowledgePPE course Political Science: State, Power and Conflict; mandatory
courses PPE specialisation track 3: Political Science.
|Language of Tuition||English|
|Faculty||Faculty of Humanities|
|Course Coordinator||dr. S.R. Grand|
|Examiner||dr. S.R. Grand|
dr. S.R. Grand
You need to register for this course yourself
Last-minute registration is available for this course.
|Teaching Methods||Lecture, Seminar*|
*You cannot select a group yourself for this teaching method, you will be placed in a group.
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