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Corpus I, Core Course: Ideas and Beliefs in International Relations, major Concepts across Time and Space

Vak
2014-2015

Admission requirements

Admission to the MA International Relations, track International Studies

Description

This course discusses the theoretical and the empirical dimensions of critical political and
social concepts, ideas and beliefs in the spatial and temporal context of current global
politics.
Central to the course is a keen interest in the practical relevance and topicality of the
ideas and beliefs that move and inspire people, governments and states: democracy,
sovereignty, identity, nationalism, human rights, legitimacy, et cetera.
The principal claim of this course is that no coherent and balanced understanding of
international relations and global politics is possible without taking into full consideration
the rich diversity of ideas, beliefs and (self) perceptions that are behind current political
changes and events. The course focuses on four clusters of concepts and their global
impact: the various dimensions of power, the democracy-authoritarianism divide,
nationalism and internationalism, and sovereignty and intervention. The course traces the
origin and history of these ideas, beliefs, and practices, as well as their topicality and
contemporary relevance.

Course Objectives

The course engages students with the scholarly debates and the practical implications
concerning critical political and social concepts, ideas and beliefs in global politics today.
Students are required to study both academic texts and other relevant primary and
secondary sources.
Firstly, students will expand their knowledge of the major theories and / or theoretical
approaches of International Studies (including International Relations), with a special
reference to those theories that are particularly relevant to our Humanities’ informed
approach. Students are urgently advised to also have read the introductory text books that
are mentioned on the MA IS website under ‘Entry Requirements’.
Additionally, students are required to research and discuss the various manifestations and
global relevance of the key contemporary issues and concepts mentioned above: power,
democracy and authoritarianism, nationalism and internationalism, and sovereignty and
intervention.

Timetable

Timetable

Mode of instruction

  • Lecture/seminar

Course Load

  • 24 Hours of classes
    • 120 Hours of reading and class preparation (10 hours per week over 12 weeks)
    • 36 Hours to prepare for the presentations
    • 60 Hours to complete the critical review element
    • 40 Hours to complete the research essay

Total: 280 Hours

Assessment Method

  • Response papers: 30%

  • Policy Paper: 20%

  • Writing and presenting mid-term paper: 50%

The resit for the final examined element is only available to students whose mark of the final examined element is insufficient.

Blackboard

Yes, see Blackboard

Reading list

Literature will be announced on Blackboard before the start of the course.

Registration

Via uSis

Contact information

With the professor, by e-mail: Prof. A.W.M. Gerrits