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The Theory of International Relations

2023/2024
Academic Year
ENG
Instruction in English
3
ECTS credits
Delivered at:
Department of Theory and History of Law and State (Faculty of Law)
Course type:
Elective course
When:
2 year, 4 module

Instructor

Course Syllabus

Abstract

This course aims to familiarize students with the basic theories, history, and philosophy of international relations. This course deals with the leading theories of international relations such as realism, liberalism, marxism, and constructivism and covers such historical topics as World War I, World War II, the Cold War. Students will have the opportunity to assess the main stages in developing the international relations, theoretical approaches, and concepts of international relations prevailing at each historical stage and examine the major historical events from different theoretical perspectives. This course will be held in a blended format, including one introduction lecture, the online-course «Understanding International Relations Theory» on the Coursera platform, two seminar classes, essay and final exam.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • The course aims to initiate a systematic and holistic view on the basic theoretical approaches to international relations as a discipline, their historical evolution and influence as well as to form a systemic view on the specificity of key global political and economic processes through the prism of IR theory.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • By reading Thucydides, Morgenthau and other realist scholars students would have a fairly good idea as to how realists understand the world and what lessons they are trying to teach the world
  • Students will be able to develop a comprehensive view on democracy and liberal values from different IR theories perspective.
  • Students will be able to examine the flaws of the traditional explanations for the end of the Cold War
  • Students will be able to examine the main causes of WWI, WWII and the Cold War.
  • Students will have a basic understanding of Copenhagen school of IR, namely securitizations theory, as well as security communities theory of Karl Deutsch
  • Students will have a basic understanding of realism, liberalism, marxism, constructivism, and neo theories as major theoretical paradigms of international relations in the US and the West: By studying historical cases such as WWI, WWII, the Cold War, etc., students will develop an interest in history. By combining theory, history, and philosophy, students will develop analytical and debating skills that will enable them to succeed in whatever they do
  • Students will be able to discuss the great power rivalry though the prism of main IR theories
  • Students will be exposed to Marx’s idea of communism and make a judgment as to what would be our best economic system
  • Students will have a basic understanding of such burning issues in IR theory as anarchic politics, ethical questions, and International Politics, three views of the role of morality
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • 1. Birth of the science and classical tradition
  • 2. Origins of Liberalism
  • 3. THE BEGINNING: THE WORLD WARS AND GENESIS OF THE INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS SCIENCE
  • 4. Kenneth Waltz and Structural Theory
  • 5. Neoliberalism: The Liberal paradigm after the World War II
  • 6. Marxism and Neo-Marxism
  • 7. Critical international relations theories (Constructivism, Postmodernism, Feminism)
  • 8. Actors in international relations
  • 9. Power in international relations
  • 10. Global governance
  • 11. Back to classics: the Realist Paradigm in the XXI century
  • 12. Russia as a realist power
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Тест
    Примеры заданий: https://openedu.ru/course/spbu/international relations THR/ https://urait.ru/book/teoriya-mezhdunarodnyh-otnosheniy-511164
  • non-blocking Экзамен
    Примеры заданий: https://openedu.ru/course/spbu/international relations THR/ https://urait.ru/book/teoriya-mezhdunarodnyh-otnosheniy-511164
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • 2023/2024 4th module
    0.5 * Экзамен + 0.5 * Тест
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Puchala D. J. Theory and history in international relations. – Routledge, 2013.
  • Бажанов Е.П., Бажанова Н.Е. - Диалог и столкновение цивилизаций - Весь Мир - 2013 - ISBN: 978-5-7777-0561-7 - Текст электронный // ЭБС ZNANIUM - URL: https://znanium.com/catalog/document?id=337021
  • Горовиц, Д., & Бараш, Р. (2007). Структура и стратегия этнического конфликта. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.E831889A
  • Ланцов, С. (2006). Мировая Политика И Международные Отношения Как Объект Теоретического Анализа И Изучения. Вестник Санкт-Петербургского Университета. Серия 6. Политология. Международные Отношения, (3). Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsclk&AN=edsclk.15115916
  • Современные глобальные проблемы мировой политики : учебное пособие / под редакцией М. М. Лебедевой. — Москва : Аспект Пресс, 2009. — 256 с. — ISBN 978-5-7567-0539-3. — Текст : электронный // Лань : электронно-библиотечная система. — URL: https://e.lanbook.com/book/68698 (дата обращения: 00.00.0000). — Режим доступа: для авториз. пользователей.
  • Теория международных отношений : учебник для вузов / П. А. Цыганков [и др.] ; под редакцией П. А. Цыганкова. — Москва : Издательство Юрайт, 2023. — 317 с. — (Высшее образование). — ISBN 978-5-534-03010-5. — Текст : электронный // Образовательная платформа Юрайт [сайт]. — URL: https://urait.ru/bcode/511164 (дата обращения: 28.08.2023).

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Donnelly, J. (DE-588)136102336, (DE-576)163781990. (2000). Realism and international relations / Jack Donnelly. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edswao&AN=edswao.087345803
  • Ланцов, С. (2006). Мировая Политика И Международные Отношения Как Объект Теоретического Анализа И Изучения. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.49E3FE1F