International Relations and International Politics


Teaching Staff: Livas Sotiris
Course Code: YE-0703
Gram-Web Code: ΔΙ0102
Course Category: General Background
Course Type: Compulsory Elective
Course Level: Undergraduate
Course Language: English / Greek
Semester: Any Winter
ECTS: 2
Total Hours: 2
Erasmus: Not Available

Short Description:

Short description: In this course the students learn the paradigms of international relations, starting with idealism and realism and moving on to Marxism and postmodern approaches. They familiarize themselves with the subschools of these approaches (geopolitics, constructivism, critical geopolitics) and the work of great scholars (Spykman, Haushofer, Nye, Kissinger). The students engage with basic principles of the international relations (national interest, state, international community) and also with the basic principles of diplomatic negotiations and deliberations.  They learn the way, in which the international system operates as well as the operation mode of the basic international organizations (the system of UN as well as the basic regional organizations: Council of Europe, Islamic Conference, Organization of African Unity). During the semester they learn to discuss issues of international reality and to explore on their own the basic concepts of the course by taking part in simulations.

Objectives - Learning Outcomes:

Students, through the analysis of the basic institutions regarding international organizations and the law of the sea, learn to use legal methodology and thinking in practice by deepening their focus into important and current international issues (Middle Eastern, Cypriot ) through debates on a case-by-case basis. The aim is to deepen students' knowledge into the functioning of the global international system in relation to the Greek reality.

 

More specifically, students, with the completion of the course will be able to:

 

  • Know the basic concepts of international relations theories (realism, idealism, Marxism, constructivism, geopolitics)
  • Know the operation mode of the international system and the basic challenges in it (terrorism, migration flows, global warming, wars)
  • Support their points in debates of showing perceptions for problems of contemporary politics
  • Know the operation mode of the international political and financial organizations

 

Syllabus:

Week 1:

Schools of International Relations and Global Politics 

Week 2:

How states act and the role of International Organizations

Week 3:

Democracy and Global Governance

Week 4:

Foreign Policy and Diplomacy within a changing world I

Week 5:

Foreign Policy and Diplomacy within a changing world II

Week 6:

Modern issues on International Relations and International Security 

Week 7:

States, Territory, Law of the Seas I

Week 8:

States, Territory, Law of the Seas II 

Week 9:

Peoples on the move

Week 10:

Humanitarian Interventions 

Week 11:

Equality, Justice and “Belonging” 

Week 12:

“Role playing games” I 

Week 13:

“Role playing games” II

Suggested Bibliography:

- Ρούκουνας, Ε. (1999), Διεθνές Δίκαιο Ι, Αθήνα: Σάκκουλας.

- Κεντρωτής, Κ. – Κάτσιος, Στ. (2002), Διεθνείς Οργανισμοί, Αθήνα: Εκδόσεις Παπαζήση.

- Kouloumbis, Th. (1990), International relations: Power and justice, Prentice Hall.

- Κ. Χατζηκωνσταντίνου: Θεωρητικές Αφετηρίες στις Διεθνείς Σχέσεις (Σάκκουλας)

- J. Baylis - S. Smith - P. Owens: Η παγκοσμιοποίηση της Διεθνούς Πολιτικής (Επίκεντρο)

Teaching Methods:

 

Activity

Semester workload

Lectures

26

Written examination

2

Preparation for the examination

15

Weekly studying

7

 

 

 

 

Course total

(25 hours of workload per credit unit)

50

New Technologies:

Use of ICT in teaching

Evaluation Methods:

Written and oral examination, project


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