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History of International Relations 2017/2018

  • 5 ECTS
  • Taught in Portuguese
  • Both continuous and final Assessment

Objectives

1. Identify and understand the International Relations concept, meaning, engaging and representation;
2. Identify and understand the International Relations since the Westphalia Peace to Vienne Congress (1815);
3. Identify the political and social context inter-states in the XX century begin, in the multiplicity and complexity of the international life, as the introduction to the World Wars in general, and the Holocaust in particular;
4. Conceptualize and understand the Cold War and its consequences to the Humanity course.

Recommended Prerequisites

In this Curricular Unit there aren´t recommended pre-requisites.

Teaching Metodology

The theoretical questions will be worked in the lectures specially through the expositive method. However, and considering the need of develop the understanding the knowledge learned, will be developed analytical questions. Whenever is possible, the study matters will be teaching with practical exercises, specially analysing thematic texts and videos.

Body of Work

1 From the Thirty Years War to the Westfalia Peace and the New World Order;
2 From the Liberal Revolutions to the IWW: the end of the Peace and the IR;
3 The I WW, the German, Austro-Hunger and Ottoman empires fall, the European geopolitical redefinition and the League of Nations role;
4 "Between World Wars" period: the diplomacy collapse;
5 The II WW and what (un)human was possible: the Holocaust and the regrettable real history of true lives: from Auschwitz to Hiroshima;
6 From the Cold War - USA/URSS to the fall of Berlin Wall: bipolarity in world order;
7 The IR towards the contemporary history to the actuality: milestones and complexities.

Recommended Bibliography

COUTINHO, F. & MENDES, N. (2014) Enciclopédia das Relações Internacionais. Edição Publicações D. Quixote.ISBN 9789722055055

Complementary Bibliography

ARENDT, Hannah; A condição humana. Lisboa: Relógio de Água, 2001;
DUROSELLE, Jean-Baptiste; História das Relações Internacionais de 1919 a 1945. Edições Texto & Grafia, 2013. ISBN: 9789898285812
DUROSELLE, Jean-Baptiste; KASPI, André; História das Relações Internacionais
De 1945 aos nossos dias Armand Colin. Editor: Edições Texto & Grafia, 2014. ISBN 9789898285829.
ARENDT, Hannah; A condição humana. Lisboa: Relógio de Água, 2001;
FULBROOK, Mary (coord.); A Europa desde 1945, Fio da Palavra Editores, 2009. ISBN: 978-989-8171-15-3;
MILZA, Pierre; As Relações Internacionais de 1918 a 1939, Edições 70, 1998. ISBN: 9724409759;
PEREIRA, Juan carlos (coord.); Historia de las relaciones internacionales contemporáneas, Editorial Ariel, 2001. ISBN: 8434466325;
RENOUVIN, Pierre; DUROSELLE, Jean-Baptiste; Introduction à l'Histoire des Relations Internationales, Armand Colin, 1991. ISBN: 2200372493;
VAISSE, Maurice; As Relações Internacionais desde 1945, Edições 70, 1997. ISBN

Weekly Planning

1st Week
Presentation: Contents, Methodology, Bibliography and Evaluation.
Introduction to the International Relations History.

2nd Week
From the Thirty Years War to the Westfalia Peace and the New World Order
Conceptual Interpretation Exercise.

3rd Week
The International System, International Relations and International Law: Politic and Legislations.
Exercises.

4th Week
From the Liberal Revolutions to the IWW: the end of the Peace and the IR

5th Week
The I WW, the German, Austro-Hunger and Ottoman empires fall, the European geopolitical redefinition and the League of Nations role
Documental study.

6th Week
"Between World Wars" period: the diplomacy collapse
Study Case.

7th Week
The II WW and what (un)human was possible: the Holocaust and the regrettable real history of true lives: from Auschwitz to Hiroshima
Milestones legal documents analysis.

8th Week
The II WW and what (un)human was possible: the Holocaust and the regrettable real history of true lives: from Auschwitz to Hiroshima. From Europe to the Rest of the World: ideological-religious perspective.

9th Week
The United Nations in the Humanity History: Perspectives and Complexities.

10th Week
Realization of the Mini-Test: Mist evaluation element.

11th Week
From the Cold War - USA/URSS to the fall of Berlin Wall - bipolarity in the world system.
Exercise.

12th Week
The fall of Berlin Wall and the New World Order: from the documents to the historic-legal discourse.
Exercise.

13th Week
International Relations towards the contemporary History to the actuality: historic milestones and complexities.
Reading.

14th Week
Problematizing the International Relations in the Contemporary History: from the Orient to the Occident by the States and Societies history.

15th Week
Finalization of the Curricular Unit.
Preparation for the Written Exam.

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

Considering the objectives of the Curricular Unit that globally aim the teaching-learning of the International Relations History, involving the most important events, in a dynamic of contents guide by the aims. In this context, we begin the study giving the students the knowledge since the Vestfália Peace till the actuality to understand and interpret the International Relations involving always the human dimension, political and conjecture international.
So, in the Curricular Unit the objectives will be achieved by the Programmatic Contents:
- Obj. 1 by PC 1 and 2;
- Obj. 2 by PC 2;
- Obj. 3 and 4 by PC 3 and 4;
- Obj. 5 and 6 by PC 5 and 6.

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

This course aims to give students historical knowledge required on the development of international relations and international society envisaged in a global perspective in order to get produce structured analysis of contemporary international reality and understand the main sociological phenomena underlying processes of human development on a global scale.

relevant generic skillimproved?assessed?
Achieving practical application of theoretical knowledgeYesYes
Adapting to new situationsYes 
Analytical and synthetic skillsYesYes
Commitment to effectivenessYes 
Commitment to qualityYes 
Cultural awarenessYesYes
Ethical and responsible behaviourYes 
Event organization, planning and managementYes 
Foreign language proficiencyYes 
Information and learning managementYesYes
IT and technology proficiencyYes 
Problem Analysis and AssessmentYes 
Problem-solvingYes 
Research skillsYesYes
Understanding multiculturalism and valuing diversityYesYes
Working in international contextYes 
Written and verbal communications skillsYesYes
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