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Theoretical Debates in International Relations

Code 15492
Year 1
Semester S1
ECTS Credits 6
Workload OT(15H)/TP(30H)
Scientific area Relações Internacionais
Entry requirements N/A
Mode of delivery Face-to-face
Work placements N/A.
Learning outcomes Objectives:

1 - Transmit to students the fundamentals of International Relations Theory and introduce them to the various theoretical debates that occurred and take place within it;

2 - Provide the students with knowledge that allows them to analyze the international reality using various Theories of International Relations and the main concepts and topics developed by the discipline;

3 - Encourage students to deepen the themes addressed through their own research;

4 - Develop the capacities to analyze the international reality and debate about it.

Learning outcomes:

By the end of the curricular unit, students should be able to understand and explain the main Theories of International Relations and apply them in their analyses of the international reality.
Syllabus 1 - The (re) founding debates of International Relations Theory
1.1 - Liberalism and Realism
1.2 - Scientism/behaviorism and traditionalism
1.3 - Neo-liberalism, Marxist structuralism/neo-Marxism and neo-realism
1.4 - The contribution of the English School
1.5 - Post-positivism and reflexivism: critical theory; post-modernism/post-structuralism/ radical interpretativism; feminism; constructivism

Concepts and topics to be addressed
- Agent and structure;
- Power;
- Balance of power;
- Sovereignty;
- Anarchy;
- Hegemony;
- International system, society and community.
- Security
- Security dilemma;
- War;
- Deterrence;
- Terrorism;
- International cooperation and integration;
- International regimes;
- International organizations;
- Human rights;
- Global civil society.
Main Bibliography Baylis, John, Steve Smith, and Patricia Owens, eds. The Globalization of World Politics. 7.th ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017.

Brown, Chris, and Kirsten Ainley. Understanding International Relations. 4.th ed. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.

Cravinho, João Gomes. Visões do Mundo: As Relações Internacionais e o Mundo Contemporâneo. Lisboa: Imprensa de Ciências Sociais, 2002.

Dougherty, James E., and Robert L. Pfaltzgraff Jr. Relações Internacionais: As Teorias em Confronto. Lisboa: Gradiva, 2003.

Dunne, Tim, Milja Kurki, e Steve Smith, eds. International Relations Theories: Discipline and Diversity. 3.rd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013.

Fernandes, José Pedro Teixeira. Teorias das Relações Internacionais. Coimbra: Almedina, 2004.

Maltez, José Adelino. Curso de Relações Internacionais. São João do Estoril: Principia, 2002.

Moreira, Adriano. Teoria das Relações Internacionais. 5.th ed. Coimbra: Almedina, 2005.

Reus-Smit, Christian, and Duncan Snidal, eds. The Oxford Handbook of International Relations. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010.

Santos, Victor Marques dos, and Maria João Militão Ferreira. Teorias das Relações Internacionais. Lisboa: Instituto Superior de Ciências Sociais e Políticas, 2012.

Viotti, Paul R., e Mark V. Kauppi. International Relations Theory. 5.th ed. New Jersey: Longman, 2012.
Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria Teaching consists of theoretical-practical classes in which, along with the teaching of the teacher, students are called to actively participate, but always based on reading the texts indicated for each week. In particular, determined groups have to answer questions about texts they have read (and were provided through the platform or indicated in the library) and which can be formulated by the teacher or are contained in the adopted manual. The student can also be questioned about the answer he gives in order to generate a broader debate in the class and always with attention to how he applies the concepts to the international realities in question.
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2022-01-25

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