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International Relations Issues 2017/2018

  • 6 ECTS
  • Taught in Portuguese
  • Continuous Assessment

Objectives

Upon completion of this Course Unit, students should be able to:

1. Identify the specificity of International Relations;
2. Describe scientific concepts and terminology with rigor;
3. Describe international phenomena in depth and evaluate them critically;
4. Apply IR Theories to international phenomena;
5. Argue in a coherent and logical manner, defending perspectives and persuading interlocutors;
6. Negotiate positions and reach consensus.

Recommended Prerequisites

It is advisable that students who attend this course have successfully completed the following courses:
- Theory of International Relations
- International Contemporary Politics

Teaching Metodology

In this Course, various teaching methods will be used, including:
- Theoretical lectures;
- Conceptual mindmapping;
- Formal debates (British system);
- Simulation of organs of International Organizations (mini-MUNs)
- Quizzes.

Body of Work

1. The nature of International Relations: society, system and anarchy.
2. Power, conflict, coexistence and cooperation.
3. Globalization and glocalization: economic diplomacy and world politics.
4. Terrorism, Cybersecurity, and Weapons of Mass Destruction.
5. Sovereignty, failed states, stateless nations and multinational states.
6. Non-state actors, media and international public opinion.
7. Religion, culture and identity.
8. International organization crime and trafficking in human beings.
9. Environment and climate change.
10. Migration and demography.
11. Political area studies.
12. International negotiation.

Recommended Bibliography

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

Diez, T.; Bode, I.; Costa, A. (eds) (2011). Key Concepts in International Relations. London: SAGE Publishing. ISBN: 9781446209585

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

Salmon, T.; Imber, M. (eds) (2008) Issues in International Relations. 2nd edition. Oxford: Routledge. ISBN: 9780203926598

Complementary Bibliography

Several scientific journals, among which:

International Organization
International Security
International Studies Quarterly
Journal of Conflict Resolution
Journal of Peace Research
Review of International Studies
Security Studies
World Politics
Australian Journal of International Affairs
British Journal of Politics and International Relations
Cambridge Review of International Affairs
European Journal of International Relations
Geopolitics and International Boundaries
Global Governance
Global Review of Ethnopolitics
Global Society
Intelligence and National Security
International Affairs
International Journal
International Journal of Intelligence and CounterIntelligence
International Politics
International Relations
International Studies Perspectives
International Studies Review
Journal of Common Market Studies
Journal of Genocide Research

Weekly Planning

Week 1
Presentation. Program, evaluation and bibliography. Functioning of the UC.

Week 2
1. The nature of International Relations: society, system and anarchy.

Week 3
2. Power, conflict, coexistence and cooperation.

Week 4
3. Globalization and glocalization: economic diplomacy and world politics.

Week 5
4. Terrorism, Cybersecurity, and Weapons of Mass Destruction.

Week 6
Preparation for the debate.
Formal discussion on the topic taught.

Week 7
5. Sovereignty, failed states, stateless nations and multinational states.

Week 8
6. Non-state actors, media and international public opinion.

Week 8
7. Religion, culture and identity.

Week 9
Preparation for the debate.
Formal discussion on the topic taught.

Week 10
8. International organization crime and trafficking in human beings.

Week 11
9. Environment and climate change.

Week 12
10. Migration and demography.

Week 13
11. Political area studies.
12. International negotiation.

Week 14
Preparation of mini-MUN
Realization of Mini-MUN

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

To achieve objective 1 of the course, topics 1 and 2 of the program will be taught; in order to meet objectives 2, 3 and 4, issues 3 to 11 will arise. Objectives 5 and 6 will be implemented transversally through all the topics of the program, with a special focus on point 12.

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

With a view to achieving objectives 1 to 4, the expository method will be used, with the help of other methods that aim to consolidate the learning that these objectives require, namely through conceptual mindmapping and quizzes. In order to achieve objectives 5 and 6, the formal discussions, which will follow the British system, and the mini-simulation of the United Nations General Assembly (mini-MUNs) will be used.

relevant generic skillimproved?assessed?
Achieving practical application of theoretical knowledgeYesYes
Adapting to new situationsYesYes
Analytical and synthetic skillsYesYes
Balanced decision makingYes 
Bargaining abilityYesYes
Commitment to qualityYes 
CreativityYes 
Cultural awarenessYesYes
Event organization, planning and managementYes 
Foreign language proficiencyYes 
Information and learning managementYes 
IT and technology proficiencyYes 
Leadership  
Problem Analysis and AssessmentYesYes
Problem-solvingYesYes
Relating to othersYes 
Research skillsYesYes
Self-assessment  
TeamworkYes 
Understanding multiculturalism and valuing diversityYes 
Written and verbal communications skillsYesYes
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