Admission to the Masters programme.
Basic training in international relations or public international law.
Major trends in contemporary world politics are discussed from the perspective of different theoretical models. The focus will be on the impact of globalization as well as the inherent tensions between the global distribution of power and the quest for world order. Key topics like the relations between the established and emerging powers, the new security threats and asymmetric warfare (e.g. terrorism), regional integration and the position of the nation-state will be dealt with. While the general orientation of the course is predominantly empirical, normative (ethical) concerns are also included.
Objectives of the course
The course has the following objectives: Making law students sensitive to the political context of international legal problems while providing them insight into the interaction of international politics and international law.
The following achievement levels apply with regard to the course: Students are able to critically evaluate major theoretical contributions in the field of study, and to assess their relevance to policymaking.
The timetable of this course can be found in uSis.
Mode of instruction
Number of (2 hour) lectures: 10
Names of lecturers: Prof. van Staden
Required preparation by students: Prior reading of book chapters
Written exam (one week after the final lecture).
It is possible the reexamination will be an oral exam.
To be announced.
Areas to be tested within the exam
The examination syllabus consists of the required reading (literature) for the course, the course information guide and the subjects taught in the lectures.
Depending on the number of students for the retake we may decide to hold an oral retake instead of a written retake. Students will be informed at least 10 days before the oral retake.
This course uses Blackboard (digital learning environment).
Obligatory course materials
John Baylis, Steven Smith, and Patricia Owens (eds), The Globalization of World Politics, Oxford University Press, 2014 6th ed.
Course information guide:
Will be available 4 weeks before the beginning of the course.
Co-ordinator: Prof. dr. Alfred van Staden
Work address: KOG room B2.29
Contact information: through e-mail
Telephone number: 071-527 8937
Institute: Public International Law
Department: Public Law
Room number secretary: B121
Opening hours: 9.00-17.00
Telephone number secretary: 071-527 7578