Checking date: 28/01/2024

Course: 2023/2024

International Politics
Bachelor in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (2013 Study Plan) (Plan: 306 - Estudio: 283)

Coordinating teacher: HIDALGO TRENADO, MANUEL

Department assigned to the subject: Social Sciences Department

Type: Basic Core
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Branch of knowledge: Social Sciences and Law

Requirements (Subjects that are assumed to be known)
- History of the Contemporary World - Introduction to Politics
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
The course is divided into the following topics: 1. Main theories and approaches to international relations - Classic approaches - Realism - Liberalism - Neo-realism and neo-liberalism - Marxist theories - Social constructivism - Other approaches 2. From the international system to the globalized world - Evolution of international society - Processes of recent decades - Key features of the new world order 3. The international system - Types of actors - Structure of the international system - Dynamics of cooperation and conflict 4. Problems, dynamics and challenges on the international agenda - Crisis of world governance - The emergence of the BRIC countries - Global terrorism - Nuclear proliferation - Globalization and the international economic system - Environmental change and international relations - Power and Information society - Other
Learning activities and methodology
Lectures given by the teacher and activities done by students who will test the knowledge acquired and develop their skills. The training activities aim to involve students in the learning process. To this end, the teacher will provide basic knowledge and tools needed to strengthen their analytical ability and encourage their critical spirit. In this regard, the reading of selected materials, viewing of documentaries and films, and essays written by students will be fundamental. Likewise, the professor will encourage discussions on current topics, presentations and role play so that students expand their communication and interpersonal skills. 6 ECTS credits, 150 hours approximately. Lectures and other activities in class: 42 hours Study of the subject by the student: 56 hours Preparation of presentations and essays by students: 42 hours Make-up classes, office hours, hand-in of papers, etc.: 8 hours Exam: 2 hours
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 35
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 65
Calendar of Continuous assessment
Basic Bibliography
  • Baylis, J., S. Smith y P. Owens (eds.),. The Globalization of World Politics: An Introduction to International Relations, 9ª ed.. Oxford University Press, . 2023
  • Brewer, A.,. Marxist Theories of Imperialism. A Critical Survey (Second Edition). Routledge. 1990.
  • Kauppi, M. V. and Viotti, P.R. . International relations theory, 7 ed . Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. 2023
  • Keohane, R. O. and Nye, J. Jr.. Power & Interdependence 4 ed. Longman. 2011
  • Mearsheimer, J.,. The Tragedy of Great Power Politics, updated ed.. W. W. Norton & Company. 2014.
  • O'Neal, J. R. y B. Russett. Triangulating Peace: Democracy, Interdependence and International Organizations. W. W. Norton & Company. 2001.
  • Tannenwald, N. . "The Nuclear Taboo: The United States and the Normative Basis for Nuclear Non-Use". International Organiztion. nº 53, pp. 433-468.
  • Viotti, P. R. y M. V. Kauppi, . International relations theory. Longman. 2011.
Additional Bibliography
  • Kagan, R.. Of paradise and power: America and Europe in the new world order.. Vintage. 2007
  • Kaldor, M. . New and old wars: Organised violence in a global era.. John Wiley & Sons. 2013
  • Laqueur, W. . A history of terrorism: Expanded edition. Transaction Publishers. 2016
  • Laqueur, W., . La guerra sin fin: el terrorismo en el siglo XXI . Destino. 2003.
  • Nye Jr, J. S. . The paradox of American power: Why the world's only superpower can't go it alone.. Oxford University Press . 2003

The course syllabus may change due academic events or other reasons.