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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;
5. Recognize and interpret the IR power in Orient – Middle Orient – Occident, specially the Arab Spring;
6. Identify the Terrorism inward the International Relations.

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. The International Relations and Westphalia Peace to the Vienna Congress;
2. The International Relations and the Globalization in the XX century History;
2.1 The I WW, the German, Austro-Hunger and Ottoman empires fall, the European geopolitical redefinition and the League of Nations role;
2.2 The II WW and what (un)human was possible: the Holocaust and the regrettable real history of true lives: from Auschwitz to Hiroshima;
3. From the Cold War – USA/URSS to the fall of Berlin Wall: bipolarity in world order;
4. Orient-Middle Orient – Occident and the Spring Arab: the IR Polarization;
5. The Terrorism and the IR: from NY/USA 11/09/2001 to the Invisible War.
6. International and Regional Organisations as History stakeholders in XX and XXI centuries.
7. Significant actors and events in the historic construction and development in the political scenery of the IR in XXI century.

Recommended 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.

Complementary Bibliography

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: 9724409538.

Weekly Planning

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

2nd Week
The International Relations: Definition, Significances and Representation in History and in the social and human life.

3rd Week
The international society, the globalization and the IR in the genesis of the social and political evolution in the XX century.
Debate.

4th Week
The IWW, the fall of the German, Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman Empires, the European geopolitical redefinition and the Nations League paper;

5th Week
The II WW and what (non)human was possible. The Holocaust.
Exercise.

6th Week
A II WW and what (non)human was possible. From Auschwitz to Hiroshima.
Exercise.

7th Week
The IR, UM and Human Rights in XX century: from HRUD (1948) to Dahesh.

8th Week
Realization of the Mini-Test: Mist evaluation element.

9th Week
From the Cold War – USA/URSS to the fall of Berlin Wall – bipolarity in the world system.
Exercise.


10th Week
The international society and the IR polarization: Orient – Middle Orient – Occident and the Arab Spring.
Reading.

11th Week
IR and 11-09-2001 in NY/USA.
Study case.

12th Week
The (confirm)ation in “invisible” world war against the Terrorism and the IR.
Exercise and debate about the thematic studied.

13th Week
International and Regional Organisations as History stakeholders in XX and XXI centuries.

14th Week
Significant actors and events in the historic construction and development in the political scenery of the IR in XXI century.

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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