By the end of the module, a student will be able to:
- recognize his/her role and responsibilities as global citizen, and of the consequences of his/her lifestyle choices upon global issues.
- critically filter manipulated input provided by control mechanisms such as media, state propaganda etc.
- build up a cosmopolitan identity, by realising common problems and values.
- conduct and test interdisciplinary research within the field of international studies.
- associate legal and political concepts and arguments.
Course Content (Syllabus)
Focusing on the realities of politics in a rapidly globalizing world, International Relations cover the latest developments in global welfare and global conflict. The course encourages the students to think critically about the shape of international relations in the coming years and to explore the global agenda. Apart from analyzing both historical and contemporary trends and developments, using theoretical paradigms and analytical tools from the main theoretical approaches in International Relations (i.e. realism, neorealism, liberalism, neoliberalism, critical approaches), there are several challenging issues to focus on, using relevant case studies. Topics on interest include: international conflicts, the changing face of terrorism, warfare, and approaches to peace, foreign policy decision-making and diplomacy, the role of international organizations and of non-state actors, the importance of human rights, and the re-emergence of nationalism and religion.
Additional bibliography for study
1. Baylis John, Steve Smith & Patricia Owens (eds), The Globalization of World Politics, 6th edn, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2013.
2. Brown Chris, Understanding International Relations, 3rd edn revised & updated, London, Palgrave MacMillan, 2005.