Issues of International Politics

Course Code :1200PSWVIP
Study domain:Political Sciences
Academic year:2017-2018
Semester:2nd semester
Sequentiality:Issues of International Politics can only be followed if a credit for Introduction to International Relations has been obtained.
Contact hours:45
Credits:6
Study load (hours):168
Contract restrictions: Credit and exam contract not possible
Language of instruction:English
Exam period:exam in the 2nd semester
Lecturer(s)Dirk De Bièvre

3. Course contents *

Course Description

The course ‘Issues in international politics’ is a reading seminar of scientific texts. The selection of the topics is quite eclectic, yet each week you read and we discuss texts that present opposing views on some of the many important questions in the analysis of international politics. These topics include the Euro-crisis, banking policy, the influence of interest groups in the EU, why nuclear arms have not been used since 1945, international judicial politics, regime complexes in global governance, and so-called humanitarian intervention. The course takes the form of a reading seminar in small groups. Therefore, weekly active participation and regular presentations are absolutely required, and constitute the prerequisites to be able to hand in a paper at the end of the semester.

Overview of the sessions

(for full bibliographical references, see below!)

17 February: Introduction and assignment of presentation tasks (M. 005)

24 February: How many times can the EU be pronounced dead?

  1. Jones, Kelemen and Meunier (2016)
  2. Mudde (2013) and Mudde (2016)

3 March: The European Court of Justice

  1. Scharpf (2010)
  2. Lecture (4 pm) by Koen Lenaerts, President European Court of Justice

10 March: International institutions and legalization

  1. Abbott and Snidal (1998)
  2. Keohane, Moravcsik and Slaughter (2000)

17 March: Regime complexes / environmental regimes

  1. Keohane and Victor (2011)
  2. Verweij (2003)

24 March: The external trade policy of the European Union: TTIP

  1. De Ville and Siles-Brügge (2016)
  2. De Bièvre and Poletti (2016)

31 March: Failed states, terrorism and peacebuilding

  1. Doyle and Sambanis (2000)
  2. Piazza (2008)

No class throughout the month of April: Select the articles for your paper assignment, read them carefully, and start writing out your ideas on how to compare the 5 articles you chose.

5 May: Why have nuclear weapons not been used since 1945?

  1. Waltz (1995/2003)
  2. Tannenwald (1999)

12 May: Humanitarian or military intervention?

  1. Bellamy (2010)
  2. Kuperman (2013)

19 May: no class; finalize your paper!