Objective 1: To deepen students’ understanding of international politics by exploring key theoretical concepts and debating contemporary issues related to foreign policy, international organization, globalization and regional conflicts.
Objective 2: To develop students’ analytical abilities, oral and written presentation skills on topics of international politics.
Content: This course builds upon the introduction offered in Internationale Politiek I: Benaderingen en Geschiedenis. It applies competing theories of international relations to critical issues such as the causes of war, the conditions of peace, cooperation on global environmental problems, and the international consequences of the rise of China.
Blackboard: All students should enroll on the course’s Blackboard site before the start of Block II.
Workgroups: These are an essential part of the learning experience and very important preparation for the final exam. All students are expected to attend regularly and to be prepared to discuss readings assigned for that week.
Methods of Instruction
All lectures and assigned readings will be in English. Workgroup discussions will be in Dutch. Writing assignments and the final exam will generally be in Dutch, though students may choose to write in English if they prefer.
Readings will be drawn from Daniel W. Drezner, THEORIES OF INTERNATIONAL POLITICS AND ZOMBIES (Princeton University Press, 2011) and Joseph Grieco, G. John Ikenberry, and Michael Mastanduno, INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, (Palgrave, 2015), plus a selection of articles available online or in the library’s electronic collection. All students are strongly advised to purchase the two texts. All readings must be completed during the week for which they are assigned.
First opportunity for a written exam
Wednesday 16 December 2015, 09.00-12.00 in the USC
Second opportunity for a written exam
Thursday 14 January 2016, 13.00-16.00 in the USC
Students need to register for lectures and work group sessions in uSis. It is not possible to take a course without a valid registration. Please consult the course registration website for information on registration periods and further instructions.
Students are not automatically registered for exams. They can register themselves in uSis until 10 calendar days before the exam date at the latest. Students who are not registered will not be permitted to take the exam. More information can be found on the exam registration website.