Saint-Louis University - Bruxelles

HDPO1312 - International relations analysis

Credits : 3

Lecturer :
Mode of delivery :
Face-to-face , first term, 30 hours of theory.

Timetable :
First term
Thursday from 17:00 to 19:00 at 43 Botanique 4

Language of instruction :

Learning outcomes :
This course aims to provide the students with the main notions and concepts to analyse and understand international events.

Prerequisites :
For the Bachelor in History :

For the Bachelor in Information and Communication :

For the Bachelor in Modern Languages and Letters: German, Dutch and English :

For the Bachelor in Philosophy :

For the Bachelor in Economics and Management :

For the Bachelor in Political Sciences: General :

For the Bachelor in Political Sciences: General (Evening Programme) :

For the Bachelor in Sociology and Anthropology :

Co-requisites :
For the Bachelor in Philosophy :

For the Bachelor in Political Sciences: General (Evening Programme) :

Course contents :
As in any discipline, internationalists have honed their analytical instrument gradually, following the evolution of their object of study. Each session of the course is to be considered independently, however, the course as a whole, follows the developments of the discipline. In particular, the following elements are developed:
I. From international relations to International Relations: definition and theory;
II. Analyse war and peace after the First World War: origin of the classical theories of international relations;
III. Report on the dynamics accompanying the Cold War: beginning of neoclassical debates;
IV. Questioning the themes of war and peace: when economy enters international relations;
V. Questioning the State as unit of analysis;
VI. Challenging assumptions of international relations' classical theories.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods :
The course is based on 3 different teaching approaches: an active educational project, evolving around activities used to introduce each session; lectures presenting the key elements of the course as well as reading tools; individual readings that complete these presentations.

Assessment methods and criteria :
The final assessment will be based on 2 elements: a multiple-choice questionnaire to assess the knowledge of the subject matter (10/20) and 3 questions of reflection on the course (10/20). Practice for the multiple-choice test will be scheduled after the first half of the course.

Recommended or required reading :
Non compulsory readings are excerpts from relevant texts or books. A list of dictionnaries and handbooks will be provided at the beginning of the year.

Other information :