Scheda insegnamento

Anno Accademico 2017/2018


The Course is offered twice a week for a total of 5 weeks (starting from September, 25).

The programme is quite dense and requires full dedication by enrolled students. Students are expected to read the material assigned before each Class.

The Programme content is divided as follows:

Part 1: Introduction to IR Theories

-Week 1:

Ch. 1: Why study IR? (J.&S.)

Ch. 2: IR as an Academic Subject (J.&S.)

Ch. 3. Realism (J.&S.)

Part 2: Classical Theories

-Week 2:

Ch. 3: Realism (J.&S.)

Ch. 4: Liberalism (J.&S.)

-Week 3:

Ch. 5: International Society (J.&S.)

Ch. 6-7: International Political Economy: Classical Theories/Contemporary debates (J.&S.)

Part 3: Contemporary Approaches and Debates

-Week 4:

Ch. 8: Social Constructivism (J.&S.)

Ch. 9: Post-positivism in IR (J.&S.)

Part 4: Policy and Issues

- Week 5:

Ch. 10: Foreign Policy (J.&S.)

Ch. 11: Key Issues in Contemporary IR (J.&S.)


The required text for this Course is:

Robert Jackson and Georg Sørensen, Introduction to International Relations. Theories and Approaches (Sixth Edition), Oxford: Oxford University Press

Throughout the Course the Professor will assign readings/articles/comments aimed at in-class discussion of ongoing issues and debates and at promoting a critical perspective over the approaches under consideration. The persistence of power-politics, the increasing relevance of new challenges (terrorism, migration) the rise of global challenges (climate change, human trafficking), among others, will be discussed.

Metodi didattici

Lectures will be the main teaching method in the Course.

However, Students are expected to actively contribute to Class debates.

Modalità di verifica dell'apprendimento

No exam is required for this Course.

However, the Professor will assess Students' overall preparation thgrough a brief test to be conducted in the last Class. This would mainly perform as a self-evaluation assessment test.

Strumenti a supporto della didattica

Powerpoint presentations, joint discussion of articles assigned, critical debates, short video-clips.

Orario di ricevimento

Consulta il sito web di Michela Ceccorulli