INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS THEORY
Code: 41067
ECTS: 6
Departament: Department of Social Sciences and Management
Field of Study: Political Sciences
Keywords:
    International Relations and Power
    International integration and transnational participation
    UN and International Relations after World War II
Teacher:
Nuno Vidal
Área Científica: Political Sciences.
E-mail: nvidal@uab.pt

Course Description:
This course unit introduces students to the academic study of International Relations, seeking to promote critical reflection concerning the main international players and stakeholders and their processes of interaction.


Competences:
The student should be able to:

• Define the theoretical field of International Relations, understanding and applying the key-concepts, placing them within the main theories and perspectives (themes 1 and 2 of the program);

• Understand the main issues of power in international relations and relate them with processes of international integration and transnational participation (program themes 3 and 4);

• Understand the historical process, objectives and the functioning of the UN, analyse its main successes and insufficiencies within the post-World War II context, including the Cold War military blocs, its dissolution and liabilities (program themes 5 and 6).


Contents:
• Theme 1: The academic study of International Relations.
• Theme 2: Perspectives on International Relations and its development.
• Theme 3: Theory of power and International Relations.
• Theme 4: International Integration and Transnational Participation.
• Theme 5: The UN
• Theme 6: dissolution of military blocs and liabilities.


Bibliography:
Core Manual:
MOREIRA, Adriano 2011. Teoria das Relações Internacionais, Coimbra: Almedina (Edição mais recente).

Complementary:
Queiroz, Cristina. 2013. Direito Internacional e Relações Internacionais - Organizações Internacionais. Coimbra: Coimbra Editora.
Mota de Campos, João. 2011. Organizações Internacionais. Lisboa: Almedina (4ª edição).
Frieden, Jeffry A., David A. Lake & Kenneth A. Schultz. 2013. World Politics: Interests, Interactions, Institutions. New York: W.W. Norton & Company (2nd Ed.)

Waltz, Kenneth A. 2010. Theory of International Politics. Long Grove, Illinois: Waveland Pr Inc.
HOLLIS, Martin & SMITH, Steve. 2004. Explaining and Understanding International Relations, London: Claredon.
 
 


Format:
E-learning.


Workload (hours): 156
Contact Hours: 15

Assessment:
Continuous assessment is privileged: 2 or 3 digital written documents (e-folios) during the semester (40%) and a presence-based final exam (p-folio) in the end of the semester (60%). In due time, students can alternatively choose to perform one final presence-based exam (100%).


Language(s) of Instruction: Portuguese.

Contact for virtual mobility students: Communication and International Relations Office – gcri@uab.pt