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Theory of International Relations 2017/2018

  • 6 ECTS
  • Taught in Portuguese
  • Continuous Assessment

Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

1. Define IR as an autonomous science;
2. Identify the object, method and disciplinary evolution of IR;
3. Define central concepts of IR;
4. Characterize the various theories and meta-theories in IR;
5. Describe the thinking of leading IR theorists;
6. Analyze and interpret international phenomena in the light of IR’s theoretical framework.

Recommended Prerequisites

None.

Teaching Metodology

In the course, the expository method of the theoretical issues will be privileged. This method aims to provide the knowledge and tools necessary to the utilisation of other methods, such as discussion with students, case studies, learning by doing and the analysis of key documents and texts.

Body of Work

1. The discipline of International Relations
1.1. Social sciences and disciplinary autonomy
1.2. The genesis and evolution of IR
1.3. Object and methods

2. Ontology and concepts in International Relations
2.1. Agents and decision analysis
2.2. Structures and systemic analysis
2.3. International community, system, society, regime and scene
2.4. Power in the IR
2.5. Interaction processes: conflict, coexistence and cooperation
2.6. Ethics

3. Inter-paradigmatic debates and theories
3.1. Realism
3.2. Liberalism
3.3. English school
3.4. Marxism and Critical Theory
3.5. Constructivism
3.6. Alternative approaches: Feminism, Post-structuralism, Postcolonialism and Green Theory.

4. Case studies: analysis of contemporary international phenomena through the epistemological and ontological framework of IR

Recommended Bibliography

Baylis, J.; Smith, S.; Owens, P. (eds) (2016) The Globalization of World Politics. 7th edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN: 9780198739852

Dunne, T.; Kurki, M.; Smith, S. (eds) (2013) International Relations Theories. 3rd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN: 9780199696017

Marques dos Santos, V. (2007) Introdução à Teoria das Relações Internacionais. Lisboa: Universidade Técnica de Lisboa. ISBN: 9728726864

Complementary Bibliography

Braillard, P.; Djalili, M. (2007) Les Relations Internationales. Paris: Presses Universitaires de France, 8e edition. ISBN: 9782130559184

Burchill, S.; Linklater, A.; Devetak, R.; Donnelly, J.; Paterson, M.; Reus-Smit, C.; True, J. (2005) Theories of International Relations. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 3rd edition. ISBN: 781403948663.

Castro, T. (2012) Teoria das Relações Internacionais. Brasília: Fundação Alexandre de Gusmão. ISBN: 9788576313755

Cravinho, J. (2002) Visões do Mundo. As Relações Internacionais e o Mundo Contemporâneo. Lisboa: Imprensa de Ciências Sociais. ISBN: 9789726710936

Griffiths, M. (2001) Fifty Key Thinkers in International Relations. London and New York: Routledge. ISBN: 0415162289

Nogueira, João; Messari, Nizar. (2005) Teoria das Relações Internacionais: correntes e debates. Rio de Janeiro: Elsevier Editora. ISBN 8535216871

Waltz, K. (2012) Teoria das Relações Internacionais, Lisboa: Gradiva. ISBN: 9789726628385

Various Scientific Journa

Weekly Planning

Week 1
Presentation of the course: teaching methods, objectives, contents and evaluation.
1. The discipline of International Relations
1.1. Social sciences and disciplinary autonomy
1.2. The genesis and evolution of IR

Week 2
1.3. Object and methods

Week 3
2. Ontology and concepts in International Relations
2.1. Agents and decision analysis
2.2. Structures and systemic analysis

Week 4
2.3. International community, system, society, regime and scene
2.4. Power in IR

Week 5
2.5. Interaction processes: conflict, coexistence and cooperation
2.6. Ethics

Week 6
3. Inter-paradigmatic debates and theories
3.1. Realism

Week 7
3.2. Liberalism

Week 8
3.3. English School

Week 9
3.4. Marxism and Critical Theory

Week 10
3.5. Constructivism

Week 11
3.6. Alternative approaches: Feminism, Post-structuralism, Postcolonialism and Green Theory.

Week 12
Conclusion of the theme of the previous week.

Week 13
4. Case studies: analysis of contemporary international phenomena through the epistemological and ontological framework of IR

Week 14
Conclusion of the theme of the previous week.

Week 15
Clarification of doubts.
Evaluation test.

Demonstration of the syllabus coherence with the curricular unit's objectives

The contents of the course were designed to contribute to the fulfillment of the previously defined objectives. In this sense, objectives 1 and 2 are achieved through the teaching of theme 1 of the program; Objective 3 complies with topic 2 and objectives 4 and 5 are achieved through the presentation of theme 3. Finally, topic 4 intends to meet goal 6.

Demonstration of the teaching methodologies coherence with the curricular unit's objectives

The expository method will be used to present the theoretical material covered by all the objectives (1 to 4). The implementation of the debate will allow the fulfillment of objective 3; The methods of case studies and learning by doing will be applied to goal 6. Objectives 4 and 5 will be achieved by discussing and analyzing the key texts for these themes.

relevant generic skillimproved?assessed?
Achieving practical application of theoretical knowledgeYesYes
Adapting to new situationsYes 
Analytical and synthetic skillsYesYes
Commitment to effectivenessYes 
Commitment to qualityYes 
CreativityYesYes
Cultural awarenessYesYes
Ethical and responsible behaviourYes 
Event organization, planning and managementYes 
Foreign language proficiencyYesYes
Information and learning managementYesYes
IT and technology proficiencyYesYes
Problem Analysis and AssessmentYesYes
Problem-solvingYesYes
Research skillsYesYes
Self-assessmentYesYes
Understanding multiculturalism and valuing diversityYes 
Written and verbal communications skillsYesYes
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