• Upon successful completion of the course the students will:
a. Have a basic understanding of the key factors governing international relations, and in particular of the major geographic and economic entities in the modern world
b. Understand the basic parameters of new geopolitical and economic developments in the wider region of Eastern and Southeast Asia and the Pacific Basin, the African continent and Latin America
c. Will have a general overview of other forms of political systems that dominate the rest of the world and sufficient knowledge of the main causes for their formation and their relationship with Western perceptions.
Course Content (Syllabus)
The course deals with the political and geopolitical developments outside the European continent, with emphasis on the major regions of the world: Asia, Africa and Latin America. The course, by choosing specific themes and issues in contemporary international relations, enables students to analyze and understand the political, economic, demographic and geopolitical aspects of the behavior of the various actors on the international arena (states, international regional organizations and other international non-state actors ) and the increasing interdependence between them.
The course examines in particular (but not exclusively):
• China's growing role on the international scene (starting with its history and moving to the country's economy, politics and society today) which gradually made China a global power from the end of the 20th century to the day, but also the impact of this development on the wider East Asian and Pacific region.
• The emergence of Africa as an important parameter and increasingly as an independent actor in international relations - both in terms of its role in international economy and politics, as well as its demographic dynamics and the role and consequences of climate change for the continent. This module examines at the same time individual states and societies, political and social models and the role of traditional structures in political developments.
• The broader economic and political evolution of the Far East - emphasizing the role of the ASEAN countries - and the gradual formation of a particular Asian political, economic and societal identity, examining the mutual implications of China's rise over the behavior of these countries.
• The gradual creation, in Latin America, of a distinct political and economic pole which allows for the coexistence of national interests with their integration into regional priorities and the dynamics that emerge between these countries.
International politics, China, Asia, Africa, Latin America