Contemporary Issues of International Politics

Course Information
TitleΣύγχρονα Θέματα Διεθνούς Πολιτικής / Contemporary Issues of International Politics
FacultySocial and Economic Sciences
SchoolPolitical Sciences
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
CoordinatorIoannis Papageorgiou
Course ID100001458

Programme of Study: PPS Tmīma Politikṓn Epistīmṓn 2023-sīmera

Registered students: 0
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSElective Courses beloging to the selected specializationWinter-5

Class Information
Academic Year2019 – 2020
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Background
  • General Knowledge
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
General Prerequisites
Students who choose this course have passed courses "Introduction to International Relations" and "Introduction to Comparative Politics." Capacity to read scientific articles in English or another foreign language is necessary.
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, students: will have a comprehensive picture of the main parameters governing international relations today; will know and be able to analyze the behavior of major actors in the international scene; will be able to compare policies and stances on the basis of state interests in international politics.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in an international context
Course Content (Syllabus)
Object The course examines the current international political situation in the light of certain major geopolitical and economic developments. It is shaped in the form of a thematic seminar, and aims to enable students to deepen their knowledge and to analyze the main parameters of international relations today. The course emphasizes the analysis of political, economic and political situation of key players on the international scene and the links formed between them as well as the impact of such links at regional and global level. Series of lectures for the academic year 2019-20 This year the course will address in particular two aspects of modern international relations: the major changes in the African continent and the United Nations' efforts to collectively address the major problems of humanity by adopting the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The course will be structured as follows: Lecture 1. Introduction. International politics in the 21st century • From the end of history and the US predominance to the 'anarchic' world • Nations, states, religions, international political economy • The war - an outdated tool or peace in another way? • The right to humanitarian intervention • The role of regional organizations in shaping international relations Lecture 2. Ethnic groups, states and national self-determination • The Concept of self-rule. The limits of self-determination • Study cases (Abkhazia, Nagorno, Transdniestria, Kurdistan) • Separatist movements in Europe. The cases of Catalonia and the Basque Country Lecture 3. The Middle East • The end of the historical Middle East • Islam and its divisions (Sunni-Shia) • Democracy, Secularism and Islam Lecture 3. Russia and Eurasia • Russia and the Russian people • Ukraine and Russia • Democracy, authoritarianism and dictatorship in the former Soviet Union • The role of energy raw materials in international politics Lectures 4 -5. Africa • Africa as a special case. The legacy of colonialism and the inability to create nation-states • The political and economic implications of colonialism • Multiparty democracy and tribalism. The sovereignty of one-party • Failed states and their impact on international relations • Africa's development scourges (AIDS, famine, pestilence) • Climate change and desertification in Africa: anthropogenic and natural climate change (examples of Saharan expansion and rainforest reduction) • Environmental Refugees and the International Impact of Displacement Lectures 6- 7. The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) • Formulating goals for the client • The possibilities of multilateral cooperation in changing the policy model • The big issues of the climate crisisLecture Lecture 8. The Chinese Century? • China's rise on the international scene • Capitalism and one-party rule • The Chinese hinterland: the geopolitical dimension of the Chinese hegemony. Lecture 9. The other Asia • The Indian specificity • Democracy and religions • The ASEAN and its states – a model or an exception. Are there are still economic tigers? Lecture 10. The emergence of Latin America • Regional integration and hegemonic aspirations (Brazil, Mexico) • Nationalism, populism, democracy and inequality in the Americas Lectures 11-12. International Justice as a tool for international policies • Basic concepts of international law • Basic concepts of Sea law • The international courts and their role Lecture 13. Overview
international politics, international organizations, international relations
Educational Material Types
  • Slide presentations
  • Multimedia
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
Reading Assigment301.1
Written assigments220.8
Other / Others50.2
Student Assessment
Process Monitoring and Grading Since the course is designed in the form of a seminar, attendance is crucial. Students shall be expected to lead the discussion in class on at least one occasion. The course includes the preparation of a work (max. 10 pages) on a topic agreed with the professor, to be delivered during the month of November and to be presented in class by the student in December. Students shall also be examined on that topic in an oral examination at the end of the semester. Students are required to participate in at least one debate. This year there will be three debates on the following topics: • The right to environmental intervention - limits and conditions (November 2019) • Development aid to a state/region must be linked to respect for democratic values by it (December 2019) • Self-determination is the right of every people and ethnic group (January 2020). The final grade is calculated as follows: 50% participation in the course and in the discussion, 40% the paper and its presentation and 10% the final exam on the paper.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Multiple Choice Questions (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Προτεινόμενη Βιβλιογραφία Σε κάθε μάθημα θα παρέχεται στους φοιτητές αρθρογραφία και άλλο διδακτικό υλικό για τη συγκεκριμένη θεματική. Πέραν αυτού τα παρεχόμενα βιβλία είναι: Σωτ. Νταλής: Από τις διεθνείς σχέσεις στη διεθνή πολιτική. Εκδόσεις Παπαζήση, 2014. Heywood, Andrew: Διεθνείς σχέσεις και πολιτική στην παγκόσμια εποχή. 1η έκδοση, 2013, Εκδόσεις Κριτική. Άλλη συνιστώμενη βιβλιογραφία περιλαμβάνει: Braden, Kathleen E. – Shelley, Fred M: Παγκόσμια Γεωπολιτική. 2η έκδοση. 2009), PRINTA ΕΜΠΟΡΙΚΗ & ΕΚΔΟΤΙΚΗ - ΑΝΔΡΕΑΣ ΚΑΡΤΑΚΗΣ Art, Robert – Jervis, Robert: ‘International Politics: Enduring Concepts and Contemporary Issues’ (11th Edition), Pearson eds. 2012. ISBN-10: 0205851649.
Additional bibliography for study
Art, Robert – Jervis, Robert: ‘International Politics: Enduring Concepts and Contemporary Issues’ (11th Edition), Pearson eds. 2012. ISBN-10: 0205851649. Braden, Kathleen E. – Shelley, Fred M: ‘Engaging Geopolitics’. 1999. Taylor & Francis Ltd. ISDN 10 0582035651 Heywood, Andrew: Global Politics (Palgrave Foundations series). Palgrave Macmillan. 2011. ISBN10 1403989826.
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