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Course 2017-2018 a.y.

30334 - INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS


BIG
Department of Policy Analysis and Public Management

Course taught in English

Go to class group/s: 23

BIG (8 credits - I sem. - OB  |  SPS/04)
Course Director:
MASSIMO MORELLI

Classes: 23 (I sem.)
Instructors:
Class 23: MASSIMO MORELLI


Course Objectives
The course provides models, tools and insights to understand the international context by integrating economic analysis with the major theories of International Relations. The course is organized in two parts.
The first part deals with the global challenges to international relations related to conflict. We analyze the incentives to enter conflict of various kinds by State and non State actors, and the necessary modification of our perspective with the growing role of civil wars and mass displacements.
The last part focuses on the contribution of IR theories to the understanding of the European integration process, the functioning of the European Institutions, the desirability and functioning of different types of international organizations, and finally the problems related to migration processes and different immigration policies.

Intended Learning Outcomes
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Course Content Summary
  • Introduce international relations theory: state systems in historical perspective; the realistic perspective: from Thucidides to Hobbes and Machiavelli; the security dilemma.
  • The liberal perspective: from Locke to Kant, liberal peace.
  • Liberal theory and practical implications for democratic and capitalist peace.
  • Rationalist theories on the reasons for war. From interstate wars to civil wars.
  • International relations before and after WW II.
  • History of European integration after World War II.
  • Intergovernmentalism, functionalism, chain reaction, economic integration, and road blocks to political integration.

Teaching methods
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Assessment methods
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Detailed Description of Assessment Methods
Students can take a midterm partial exam in October and a second partial exam at the end of the course, or else take a general final exam. Written exams with open questions.

Textbooks
  • A. Kydd, International Relations Theory, 2016.
  • In addition, many papers are made available on e-learning space.
Last change 12/06/2017 12:30