DESCRIPTION OF COURSE UNIT


1.

Code

Course unit title

Title of the degree programme

LLL17B000040

Global politics: Theories, International Relations and Security

Elective subject


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Name of lecturer(s)

Departament(s)

Coordinator: Prof. Dr. Vladislav Sotirovič (Institute of Political Sciences Faculty of Politics and Management Mykolas Romeris University vsotirovic@mruni.eu http://vsotirovic.home.mruni.eu)

a. o: Prof. Dr. Vladislav Sotirovič

Institute of Political Sciences


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Cycle of course unit

Level of course unit

Type of course unit

I

Bachelor

Optional


4.

Mode of delivery

Year of study and semester when the course unit is delivered

Language of instruction

Class room

1 semester

English


5.

Study requirements

Prerequisites:

Co-requisites:

Work placement(s):

Basic knowledge on politics and international relations

No co-requisites

No work placement(s)


7.

Number of ECTS credits allocated

Student's workload

Contact work hours and planned learning activities

Independent work hours

6

162

50

112


8.

Purpose of the course unit

Course content: This course examines the main issues of the discipline of global politics and their interdependence: theories, international relations, foreign policy, power, hegemony, war, peace, human rights, minority rights, humanitarian intervention, security, international organizations, governance and globalization. The course seeks to be genuinely global while not ignoring the international dimension of world affairs. The course deals with not just politics at the global level but with politics at, and, crucially, across all levels – the worldwide, the regional, the national and the subnational. The course will suggest rethinking the traditional understanding of nation state and international relations at the time of globalization as challenge and historical novelty in global politics. The interconnectedness that such a global approach to politics implies brought challenges how the course topics and issues are organized and presented. The course will answer the following main questions: - What is meant by “global politics”? - How has international politics been transformed into global politics? - What have been the implications of globalization for world politics? - How do mainstream approaches to global politics differ from critical approaches? - How has global politics changed in recent years in relation to the issues of power, security and justice? The aims of the course: 1. The crucial aim of the course is to provide updated, integrated and forward-looking introduction to the studies of global politics focussing on theoretical background, international relations, global governance and global security issues. 2. To provide theoretical knowledge and skills for students to understand, investigate and critically evaluate complexities of statecraft, foreign affairs and crossdimentional interconnections between the national states at the time of globalization. 3. To provide knowledge of the main concepts, terminology, global actors, featured thinkers and scientific debates in the discipline of global politics. 4. To teach contemporary research methods in the discipline of global politics. 5. To train necessary skills of the students to investigate the main research topics and problems in the discipline of global politics. 6. To teach students how to critically evaluate and discuss scientific literature on the global politics.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Teaching and learning methods

Assessment methods

Students will be able to receive knowledge within a common education framework of humanitarian and social sciences Students will be able to analyze and try to solve problems in contemporary global politics and international relations at the time of globalization Students will be able to analyze, compare, investigate and critically evaluate scientific literature on the studies of global politics Students will be able to disseminate their received knowledge and trained skills To be able to understand political goals, aims and geopolitical, geoeconomic and geoenergetic strategies of the global great power states and to deal with the consequences of their intrastate relations at the international arena To be able to do investigation based on the scientific and practical bases: 1) To analyze, investigate and critically evaluate current diplomatic, political and economic global processes; 2) To analyze the main issues and problems of the global politics and to be able to recommend how those problems can be solved; 3) To be able to predict future development of the international relations and to deal with the question of cooperation between the states; 4) To be able to deal with the future tendecies in global politics and international relations taking into consideration possible problems and possibilities; 5) To be able to give adequate and real recommendations dealing with the global security policy To be able to understand notion and characteristics of global politics, the process of globalization, theories and concepts of international relations and challenges to global security To be able to present and discuss scientific research results upon studies on global politics: theories, international relations and global security By analyzing the phenomenon of globalization to be able to explain how this process was historically developed and what are the results with the future perspectives and consequences to global politics, particularly to international relations and global security To be able to analyze a case study by individual or group work To be able to choose an adequate research strategy and methods dealing with global politics To be able to do case study and political problem analyze dealing with the main issues and problems of contemporary global politics To be able to criticize an opponent’s view within a framework of tolerance and competence on the topics of global politics’ theories, international relations and global security

Lectures, seminars, formulation of the problem questions Learning to cooperate and discuss Presentations Independent studies Individual and group work Case studies Practical solving-problem work Learning and organization work at the Moodle electronic-study system Problem learning Co-operative learning method

Students’ work achievement is evaluated within the framework of the 10 point scale following publically announced assessment criteria, methods and procedure by the Mykolas Romeris University. Assessment methods – examination (frontal, individual), individual presentation evaluation and the integral test of theoretical and practical knowledge


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Course contens

Topics

Contact work hours and planned learning activities

Independent work hours and tasks

Tasks

1. Introduction to the studies of global politics

(Meanings and concepts of global politics. Historical background of transformation of international politics into global politics. International relations. The “Westphalian Order” 1648?1945 in inter-state relations. Power politics, authority, sovereignty, diplomacy, great powers. Concepts of globalization, globality and globalism. International society and international security. Cosmopolitanism)

4

0

2

0

0

0

0

6

10

To analyze sources and scientific research results in the literature. To realize practical task: to formulate problem question based on the source. To study within the framework of the electronic (Moodle) system.

2. Theories of global politics

(Realist theory. State egoism and conflict/wars. State of nature. Human nature and politics. State/national interest and politics. Neorealist stability theory. Systems theory. State of anarchy. Liberal theory. Neoliberal theory. Polarity. Stability. The balance of power. Liberal theories of interdependence, republicanism and institutionalism. Theory of idealism. Theory of internationalism. Rule of law theory. Neo-Marxist theory of dependency. Frankfurt School critical theory. Theory of social constructivism. Theory of deconstruction. Influence of feminist theories on the studies of global politics. Influence of ecologism movement (green politics) on the studies of global politics and international relations, Theory of cosmopolitanism)

4

0

2

0

0

0

0

6

10

To analyze sources and scientific research results in the literature. To realize practical task: to formulate problem question based on the source. To study within the framework of the electronic (Moodle) system.

3. Foreign policy at the time of globalization

(State and statehood. Nation, national interest and national state. State and political internal/external sovereignty. Concept of foreign policy. Governance, state and globalized world. Concept of supraterritoriality. State and economic sovereignty. Political globalization and international relations. Pooled sovereignty and political globalization. Collectivized state form with “command” economy. Globalization and state transformation: From national government to multi-level governance. Concept of multi-national governance and policy network. Federalism and the concept of shared sovereignty. Decesion-making concepts and theories. National identity, cultural and ethnic nationalism, conflicts and world politics. Transnational community, multiculturalism and foreign policy)

4

0

2

0

0

0

0

6

10

To analyze sources and scientific research results in the literature. To realize practical task: to formulate problem question based on the source. To realize practical task: to formulate problem question based on the documentary movie. To study within the framework of the electronic (Moodle) system.

4. Power and hegemony in global politics

(Concept of power. Power and global politics. Relational power. Structural power. Hard power. Soft power. Smart power. Concept of bipolarity. Concept of world order. Post-Cold War the “new world order”. Hyperpower and hegemony. Concept of empire as universal (global) state – historical perspective. Theory of hegemonic stability. US hegemony and world (global) order after 1989. Concepts of unipolarity and unilateralism. Concept of rogue state. Concept of multilateralism and world order. Concept of multipolar global order. Theory of balance of power stability)

4

0

2

0

0

0

0

6

10

To analyze sources and scientific research results in the literature. To realize practical task: to formulate problem question based on the source. To study within the framework of the electronic (Moodle) system.

5. War and peace and world order

(Nature and concept of war. Types of war: Civil war, conventional war, preventive war, “blitzkrieg” war, identity war, asymmetrical war, insurgency war, hegemonic war, guerrilla war, total war. War as a continuation of politics. “Realpolitic” war. From “traditional” wars to the “postmodern” warfare. Nuclear proliferation and nuclear war. Just war theory and justifying war. Concept of peace. Types of peace: positive peace, negative peace, just peace, unjust peace. Pacifism, nuclear arms control and disarmament. Concept of World Order)

4

0

2

0

0

0

0

6

10

To analyze sources and scientific research results in the literature. To realize practical task: to formulate problem question based on the source. To realize practical task: to formulate problem question based on the documentary movie. To study within the framework of the electronic (Moodle) system.

6. Implications of human rights, minority rights and humanitarian intervention for global politics

(International politics and moral and ethical questions and values. Concepts and definitions of human and minority rights. Concept of natural rights. Concept of humanitarianism. Types of human and minority rights: Civil and political rights, economic, social and cultural rights, solidarity rights, group rights, negative rights, positive rights, “positive discrimination” rights, civil liberties. Major international human rights documents. Human and minority rights in a world of states. Concept of universalism. Democracy as a human right. International community and protection of human and minority rights. Concept of humanitarian intervention and its implications for international relations and global politics at the time of the “new world order” after 1989. Humanitarian intervention and the “war on terror”. Theory of liberal interventionism. Concept of responsible sovereignty. Concept of ethnic cleansing policy. The UNO definition of genocide. Human rights as universal rights)

4

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2

0

0

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0

6

10

To analyze sources and scientific research results in the literature. To realize practical task: to formulate problem question based on the source. To realize practical task: to formulate problem question based on the documentary movie. To study within the framework of the electronic (Moodle) system.

7. Global security and the United Nations Organization
(Global security from the League of Nations to the UNO. Collective security. The role of the UNO in the global politics. The stucture and work of the UNO: The Security Council, the General Assembly, the Secretariate, the Economic and Social Council. Effectiveness of the UNO in maintaining peace and security in the world. From peace-keeping to peace-building. Peace enforcement. Future of the UNO: Challenges and possible reforms)

4

0

2

0

0

0

0

6

10

To analyze sources and scientific research results in the literature. To realize practical task: to formulate problem question based on the source. To realize practical task: to formulate problem question based on the documentary movie. To study within the framework of the electronic (Moodle) system.

8. Global governance, cosmopolitian democratic order and world government
(Global governance. Global hegemony. Theoretical model of cosmopolitan democratic political system in the globalized world and its practical possibilities to be established and maintained. World government. Supranationalism. Inter-governmentalism. Global economic governance. Multilateralism. The World Bank. The World Trade Organization. The International Monetary Fund. The Group of Eight (G-8). The Group of Twenty (G-20))

4

0

2

0

0

0

0

6

10

To analyze sources and scientific research results in the literature. To realize practical task: to formulate problem question based on the source. To study within the framework of the electronic (Moodle) system.

9. Exam

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

2

32

Integral test to check theoretical and practical knowledge

Overall

32

0

16

0

0

0

2

50

 

112

 


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Assessment strategy

Weighting percentage

Period or date of assessment

Assessment criteria

Examination

50

Session period

The test consists of open and closed questions (varying difficulties, from understanding to evaluation), each question is worth one point. Assessment: 5: Excellent knowledge and skills. 45-50% of correct answers. 4: Good knowledge and skills; may be minor errors. 35-44% of correct answers. 3: Average knowledge and skills; there are errors. 25-34% of correct answers. 2: Knowledge and skills are below average; there are (basic) errors. 15-24% of correct answers. 1: Knowledge and skills to satisfy the minimum requirements; lots of errors. 5-14% of correct answers. 0: Does not meet minimum requirements. 0-4% of correct answers.

Tasks

20

Semester period

20% - to actively and constructively participate in discussions, to answer questions, to formulate problems and issues, to provide critical comments; 10% - to participate in the debate, to answer to frequently asked questions; 0% - almost does not participate in the discussion or spent more than 1/3 of the seminars.

Report

30

Semester period

Assessment: The structure of presentation (evaluation criteria: clear and consistent layout (introduction, body and conclusion)) up to 1 point; Conceptualism of presentation (evaluation criteria: complete and reasonable disclosure of the chosen topic) up to 2 points; Failure to deliver presentation - 0 points.