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Course 2016-2017 a.y.


Department of Social and Political Sciences

Course taught in English

Go to class group/s: 23

BIG (8 credits - I sem. - OB  |  SPS/04)
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Classes: 23 (I sem.)

Course Objectives
The first objective of the course is the rationalization of conflicts and re- lated risks that many nations experience, affecting security and welfare. The methodological objective is to communicate the importance of rational choice in international relations, using history and case studies as complementary tools for interpretation of reality. The course also aims to foster discussions on nor- mative solutions to problems and institutional design (especially voting rules) for international organizations. Finally, we aim to discuss European institutions and their need to be reformed or integrated.

Intended Learning Outcomes
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Course Content Summary
  1. Realism in international relations;
  2. Liberal theory in international relations;
  3. Democratic peace;
  4. The connected roles of commercial power and military power;
  5. Rational choice and the reasons of war;
  6. The important role of natural resources;
  7. Differences between inter-state wars and civil wars;
  8. Ethnic fragmentation, wealth and poverty effects;
  9. Genocides and third party intervention decisions;
  10. Induced migration flows and immigration policies for refugees;
  11. Widening versus deepening of European institutions;
  12. Fiscal union desirability and other supra-national institutional reforms;
  13. Voting rules in international organizations;
  14. Globalization.

Teaching methods
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Assessment methods
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Detailed Description of Assessment Methods
Written partial exam and written final exam, where those who pass the partial have to take only the second half of the final. No distinction between attending and non attending students.

  • A. Kydd, International Relations Theory, 2016.
  • In addition, there will be many papers available on e-learning space.
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