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International Relations Theories


Monday, 25 November 2019 to Monday, 16 December 2019
Total hours: 20
Hours of lectures: 20

Examination procedure

  • Written test
  • oral exam


Compulsory for the 1st year students of the PhD Programme in "Transnational Governance"

Optional for the 2nd, 3rd and 4th year students of the PhD Programme in "Political Science and Sociology"

Optional for the 4th and 5th year students of the MA Programme in "Political and Social Sciences"


The overall objective of the course is to offer a critical overview while upgrading your know-how about the field of International Relations and its most important debates. Basic knowledge of theories of IR and the perspectives that define the field within social sciences is expected, but additional readings may be recommended for those participants who lack background and come forward and require further guidance. The course aims to rebrush your knowledge of key debates and raise the level of sophistication of your understanding of the disagreements that are central to the field. This is an advanced course: responsibility is placed on the participant to come prepared. Specifically, coming into this course, you should be able to explain in your own words the meaning of such labels as realism, neo-realism, liberalism, constructivism, Marxism and world-systems theory.

The underlying theme upon which our 2019-20 classes will return is organised violence, force and war in contemporary politics. In this context, specific attention will be devoted to post-colonial perspectives. 

The course will begin with an introductory part, whose purpose is to ensure familiarity with (or remind of) the evolution and layout of the field. Some guest lecturers will intervene and open windows on ongoing debates.