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Interpretations of Germany´s Power, Identity and Foreign Policy. - JMMZ259
Anglický název: Interpretations of Germany's Power, Identity and Foreign Policy.
Zajišťuje: Katedra německých a rakouských studií (23-KNRS)
Fakulta: Fakulta sociálních věd
Platnost: od 2016
Semestr: letní
Body: 6
E-Kredity: 6
Způsob provedení zkoušky: letní s.:
Rozsah, examinace: letní s.:0/2 Zk [hodiny/týden]
Počet míst: neurčen / 15 (15)
Minimální obsazenost: neomezen
Stav předmětu: vyučován
Jazyk výuky: angličtina
Způsob výuky: prezenční
Poznámka: předmět je možno zapsat mimo plán
povolen pro zápis po webu
Garant: Jakub Eberle, Ph.D.
Vyučující: Jakub Eberle, Ph.D.
Anotace - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Jakub Eberle, Ph.D. (28.01.2017)

The module will discuss and evaluate the different concepts that are being used to interpret foreign policies of contemporary Germany. Academic, political and media discourses are rich on different notions, which attempt to explain what kind of actor the Federal Republic is and why it acts the way it does. Ranging from civilian power and trading state, through normalised power, to Europe’s reluctant hegemon and geo-economic power, all of these concepts offer particular interpretations of Germany’s identity, power and foreign policy. The module will introduce the main concepts and discuss them in turn. Particular emphasis will be put on independent critical thinking skills, which will be utilised and developed in analysing the achievements, deficiencies as well as comparative and interdisciplinary relevance of the dominant interpretations of German foreign policy. The module will have the form of a seminar, in which students will be asked to read English language articles and discuss them in the class.
Podmínky zakončení předmětu - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Jakub Eberle, Ph.D. (08.03.2017)

25 % attendance in classes (students are expected to attend and be fully prepared in at least 70 % classes)

25 % presentation (15-20 minutes, including the preparation of a written handout of 1-2 pages, different topic than essay)

50 % essay of 3000-3500 words - DEADLINE: 15 June 2017 (submit by email)


A good essay guide:

Sylabus - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Jakub Eberle, Ph.D. (04.04.2017)

IMPORTANT: There is no lesson on 21 February 2017 - the module begins on 28 February 2017.


1.       Introductory Session (28 February)

No reading required.


2.       National Interest, Survival, Self-Help: Germany as a Great Power (7 March)

Mearsheimer, John (1990) “Back to the Future: Instability in Europe after the Cold War”. International Security 15:1, 5-56.


3.       Constructing a Brave New World: Germany as a Civilian Power (14 March)

Tewes, Henning (2002) Germany, Civilian Power and the New Europe: Enlarging NATO and the European Union. Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan, 9-50 (Ch 1 and 2).


4.       Growing Up: Germany as a Normal(ised) Power (21 March)

Bulmer, Simon - Paterson, William (2010) “Germany and the European Union: from ‘tamed power’ to normalized power?” International Affairs 86:5, 1051-1073.

Kundnani, Hans (2012) “The Concept of ‘Normality’ in German Foreign Policy since Unification”. German Politics & Society 30:2, 38-58.


5.       Power and Leadership: Germany as Europe’s Hegemon (28 March)

Crawford, Beverly (2007) Power and German Foreign Policy: Embedded Hegemony in Europe. Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan, 20-55 (with focus on p. 34-55).

Bulmer, Simon - Paterson, William (2013) “Germany as the EU’s reluctant hegemon? Of economic strength and political constraints.” Journal of European Public Policy 20:10, 1387-1405.


6.       Petty Politics in a ‘Bigger Switzerland’: Domestication and Erosion (4 April)

Maull, Hanns (2006) “Conclusion: Uncertain Power - German Foreign Policy into the Twenty-First Century”. In Hanns Maull (ed.) Germany’s Uncertain Power Foreign Policy of the Berlin Republic. Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan, 273-286.

Harnisch, Sebastian (2009) “‘The Politics of Domestication’: A New Paradigm in German Foreign Policy”. German Politics 18:4, 455-468.


7.       Guest Lecture: Dorothee Riese (University of Leipzig): Secrecy and disclosure. The negotiation of the European Stability Mechanism in the German Bundestag (11 April)

Wendler, Frank (2014) "End of Consensus? The European Leadership Discourse of the Second Merkel Government during the Eurozone Crisis and Its Contestation in Debates of the Bundestag (2009-13)". German Politics 23:4, pp. 446– 459


8.       From Geopolitics to Geo-economics (18 April)

Behnke, Andreas (2006) “The Politics of Geopolitik in Post-Cold War Germany.” Geopolitics, 11:3, 396-419.

Kundnani, Hans (2011) “Germany as a Geo-economic Power.” The Washington Quarterly 34: 3, 31-45.


9.       Remembering and Forgetting: The Politics of Memory in German Foreign Policy (25 April)

Wittlinger, Ruth - Larose, Martin (2007) “No Future for Germany’s Past? Collective Memory and German Foreign Policy.” German Politics 16:4, 481-495.

Zehfuss, Maja (2007) Wounds of Memory: The Politics of War in Germany. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1-31.


10.       Discourse and Identity: (De)Constructing German Foreign Policy (2 May)

Bach, Jonathan (1999) Between Sovereignty and Integration: German Foreign Policy and National Identity after 1989. Hamburg: LIT Verlag, 9-12, 43-63, 147-175.


11.       Securing the Self: Ontological Security and German Foreign Policy (9 May)

Berenskoetter, Felix – Giegerich, Bastian (2010) “From NATO to ESDP: A Social Constructivist Analysis of German Strategic Adjustment after the End of the Cold War”. Security Studies 19:3, 407-452.

Eberle, Jakub (forthcoming) “Narrative, Desire, Ontological Security, Transgression: Fantasy as a Factor in International Politics”. Journal of International Relations and Development.


12.       Emotions and Apologies in German Foreign Policy (16 May)

Renner, Judith (2011) “‘I'm sorry for apologising’: Czech and German apologies and their perlocutionary effects.” Review of International Studies 37:4, 1579-1597.

Koschut, Simon (2014) “Emotional (security) communities: the significance of emotion norms in inter-allied conflict management.” Review of International Studies 40:3, 533-558.



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