ASTK18014U Core Subject: Concepts and Methods in International Relations
Core subject in the core-subject lines in Foreign Policy, International Relations and Conflict Resolution, and International Political Economy. Only accessible to students who are admitted to these core-subject lines.
This compulsory course provides a foundation in the discipline of International Relations (IR) at post-graduate level. It focuses on core concepts of international relations as well as the approaches that have been developed to study IR phenomena. Rather than relying on a traditional and in many ways outdated understanding of the discipline as a collection of theories and paradigms or series of great debates, the introduction offers a more fluid and dialogical understanding of the discipline as a collective interested in certain problems, developing concepts in response to these as well dedicated research approaches. The course conducts a survey which includes classical studies as well as contemporary ones. The focus on concepts and approaches allows for a fruitful dialogue between classics and contemporaries.
The course discusses foundational social-theoretical models, epistemological as well as methodological considerations. It does not, however, provide an introduction to research design, methods and the practicalities of designing, implementing and evaluating a small scale research project.
International Politics and Foreign Policy. A Reader in Research and Theory, ed. James N Rosenau. New York: The Free Press, 1969.
Handbook of International Relations, eds. Walter Carlsnaes, et al. Sage: London, 2002.
Concepts in World Politics, ed Felix Berenskoetter, Sage: London, 2016.
- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Written assignment3-day compulsory written take-home assignment
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
- For the semester in which the course takes place: 3-day compulsory written take-home assignment
- For the following semesters: Free written assignment
Criteria for exam assesment
- Grade 12 is given for an outstanding performance: the student lives up to the course's goal description in an independent and convincing manner with no or few and minor shortcomings
- Grade 7 is given for a good performance: the student is confidently able to live up to the goal description, albeit with several shortcomings
- Grade 02 is given for an adequate performance: the minimum acceptable performance in which the student is only able to live up to the goal description in an insecure and incomplete manner
- Class Instruction