Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE International Relations

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Diplomatic Studies

DESCRIPTION This study-unit gives students a grasp of the most important debates and issues characterizing the field. In addition, the study-unit will enhance the students’ general analytical abilities, study skills, organizational and writing skills. During the 2nd semester the study-unit examines current issues of International Relations. It consists of case studies and presentations on topics dealing with the challenges of international organizations, regional cooperative arrangements, minorities, human rights, peacekeeping, conflict prevention and conflict resolution.

Study-unit Aims

The aims of this study-unit is:

1) to introduce students to a broad range of theoretical perspectives in international relations and further their knowledge of this discipline;
2) to introduce the students to a broad range of theoretical perspectives in contemporary security studies;
3) to analyse with the students a range of case studies and contemporary issues.

Learning Outcomes

1. Knowledge & Understanding:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

1) Demonstrate an understanding of theories of International Relations;
2) Comprehend theories of Security Studies;
3) Analyse current events and case studies;
4) Comprehend theories of regionalism with a specific focus on relations in the Mediterranean;
5) Specialize on conflict resolution theories and case studies in the Mediterranean.

2. Skills:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

Enhance the following skills:

1) Writing skills;
2) Analytical skills;
3) Diplomatic skills;
4) Negotiating skills;
5) Debating skills.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings

Main Texts:
All main texts are available at MEDAC Library

Calleya, S. “Euro-Mediterranean Relations in the twenty-first century” in Evaluating Euro-Mediterranean Relations, Routledge, 2005.
Baylis, J. & S. Smith. The Globalization of World Politics, [latest edition]. Oxford, 2005.
Bailes, Alyson. The World of Security and Preace Research in a 40 year perspective, SIPRI 2006.
Nye, J. The Paradox of American Power, Oxford University Press, 2002.

Supplementary readings:

Barry, B. The United States and the Great Powers, Polity Press, 2004.
Kegley C.W. & E.R. Wittkopf. World Politics, Trend and Transformation, [latest edition]. Thomson & Wadsworth, 2006.
Butler, M. International Conflict Management, London: Routledge, 2009, Chapter 2, 'The Changing Mature of Security'.
Chomsky, Noam. Pirates and Emperors, Old and New: International Terrorism in the New World, South End Press, 2003.
Collins, A. Contemporary Security Studies, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010, Chapters 2, 3 and 4 (Realism, Liberalism and Social Constructivism), pp. 13-68.
Daadler, I. & J. Lindsay. America Unbound. John Wiley & Sons Inc, 2005.
Gurr, T. R., Chapter 9 'Minorities, Nationalists and Islamists: Managing Communal Conflict', in 'The Twenty-first Century', in Chester et al., (ed), Leashing the Dogs of War: Conflict Management in a Divided War, Washington D.C., 2007, pp. 131-160.
Hough, Understanding Global Security, Chapter 2, 'Military threats to security from states' and Chapter 3, ' Military threats to security from non-state actors', pp. 21-82.
Hungtington, S. P. The Clash of Civilizations? Foreign Affairs, 72, Summer 1993.
Kagan, Robert. Paradise and Power. Atlantic Books, 2004.
Levy, J. S., 'International Sources of Interstate and Intrastate War', in Chester et al., (ed), Leashing the Dogs of War: Conflict Management in a Divided War, Washington D.C., 2007, PP. 17-32.
Renner, M. Fighting for Survival: Environmental Decline, Social Conflict and the New Age Insecurity. London: Earthscan Publications, 1997, Chapter 1, 'The Transformation of Security', pp. 17-31.
Zartmann I. W., 'Toward the Resolution of International Conflicts', in Zartmann et al., 'Peacemaking in International Conflict: Methods and Techniques', Washington D.C., United States Institute of Peace, 2007, pp. 3-24.


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Examination (3 Hours) SEM1 Yes 40%
Examination (3 Hours) SEM2 Yes 60%

LECTURER/S Stephen Calleya (Co-ord.)
Monika Wohlfeld

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