This course introduces students to the study of actors in international relations. Mainstream approaches to international politics have theorized the international as a space composed essentially of states. While addressing the central question of state formation and domination in world politics, this course will give the keys to understand the complexity and diversity of the contemporary international, composed among others, of NGOs, diasporas, pirates, mercenaries, transnational hacktivist and terrorist networks. It will conclude by assessing the possibilities and limits of a cosmopolitan society.
The course also includes working groups that have the dual focus of improving students’ fluency in the theories and concepts introduced during the lectures and their ability to analyze and critically assess academic and non-academic arguments.
Goal 1: At the end of this course, students will possess the analytical and critical skills necessary to make sense of state and non-state actors in world politics.
Goal 2: With regard to academic skills, students who complete the course successfully should have knowledge of:
The general structure of an argument;
What makes an argument a good argument;
Common argumentative fallacies.
Goal 3: With regard to academic skills, students who complete the course successfully should be able to:
Parse the arguments of others;
Evaluate the relative strength of an argument.
Mode of instruction
Lectures. The lectures of Dr. Ragazzi will consist of a lecture (hour 1) and participatory reading of the assigned text (hour 2).
Final exam, 100% Multiple Choice questions.
The time and location of inspection and debriefing of the exam will be announced via Blackboard no later than the publication of the grades.
Khagram and Levitt (2008) The Transnational Studies Reader, Routledge: New York and London
See 'Practical Information'.
Timetable - courses and exams