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Foreign Policy of Great Powers and International Security

Code 15493
Year 1
Semester S1
ECTS Credits 6
Workload OT(15H)/TP(30H)
Scientific area Relações Internacionais
Entry requirements No requirements
Learning outcomes The learning objectives of this course are to analyze the objectives, actors and instruments in the formulation and conduct of the foreign policy of the great powers, as well as international security. The analysis of a State's foreign policy necessarily requires the crossing of internal and external factors. Among these factors we find changeable elements, such as political leadership and perennial elements such as geopolitical constraints. Now, the objective of this UC is to understand these factors and the elements that have characterized Foreign Policy, as well as International Security.
Syllabus I. The Foreign Policy of the Great Powers;
1.1. Distinctive Features;
1.2. Foreign Policy Analysis;
1.3. Theoretical-Procedural Framework of Foreign Policy;
1.3.1. The Processes of Decision, Conduct, Implementation and Evaluation of Results in Policy
1.3.2. The Rationalist, Organizational and Cognitive Perspectives of Foreign Policy;
1.3.3. Geopolitical, Psychological and Bureaucratic Variables in Foreign Policy
1.4. North American Foreign Policy
1.5. Russian Foreign Policy
1.6. EU Common Foreign and Security Policy
1.7. Chinese Foreign Policy

2. International Security
2.1. Environmental, Economic, Human Security
2.2. Challenges to international security
Main Bibliography Alden, C. & Aran, A. (2012). Foreign Policy Analysis: New Approaches . Oxon: Routledge.
Fierke, K.M (2007) Critical Approaches to International Security. Cambridge: Polity
Freire, M.R (coord.) (2015), Política Externa: As Relações Internacionais em Mudança. Coimbra: Imprensa da Universidade de Coimbra, 2ª ed.
Hill, C. (2003). The Changing Politics of Foreign Policy . Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Hudson, V. (2014). Foreign Policy Analysis. Classic and Contemporary Theory . Maryland: Rowman &
Mintz, A., DeRouen, K. (2010). Understanding Foreign Policy Decision-Making . Cambridge: Cambridge
University Press.
Neack, L. (2013). The New Foreign Policy: Complex Interactions, Competing Interests . Maryland:
Rowman & Littlefield.
Williams, Paul D. (2008) "Security Studies: An Introduction" in Williams, Paul D. (Ed.)
Security Studies: An Introduction. Oxon: Routledge, 1-12.
Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria Classes are divided into theoretical-practical classes and tutorial classes. Students must prepare the theoretical-practical classes by reading the relevant materials and the recommended bibliography. Tutorial orientation classes focus, above all, on the resolution of practical hypotheses and support for carrying out the research work, on which 90% is assessed, with 10% for participation and attendance.
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2022-01-28

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