Poslední úprava: PLECH (25.09.2013)
The course introduces students into the tradition of international thinking presenting its most important streams. It starts with the evolution of the discipline of IR illustrated by its great debates. Following this, ontological and epistemological problems in IR research are examined. Finally, the course addresses individual traditions and streams; realism, liberalism, postmodern and constructivist approaches to the study of IR, scientism, Marxism, feminism and green political theory in IR.
Poslední úprava: PLECH (25.09.2013)
Files of the literature from the list of required readings are uploaded in the system but are "visible" for enrolled students only, i.e. after your enrollement is confirmed after 12 October.
Poslední úprava: doc. PhDr. Běla Plechanovová, CSc. (15.10.2019)
doc. PhDr. Běla Plechanovová, CSc.
Jinonice, Room 3088
Phone: 251 080 278
Office Hours: Thurday 12:30-14:00
PhDr. Ondřej Ditrych, MPhil Ph.D.
Jinonice, Room 3087
Phone: 251 080 280
Office Hours: Tuesday, 09.00-10.30
Compulsory course for Security Studies / MISS, IEPS and GPS students, available for non-programme students
The course introduces students into the traditions of international thought. It starts with the evolution of the discipline of IR, traced by means of presenting its "great debates". Following this, ontological and epistemological problems in IR research are examined. Finally, the course surveys a variety of individual traditions and streams: realism and neorealism, liberalism and neoliberalism, constructivism and continental approaches, scientism, Marxism, feminism and green political theory.
The course aims to provide an advanced understanding of the development of international thought. All those taking the course will be expected to become familiar with a defined set of readings and issues.
The course consists of twelve lectures. Attendance of the weekly class is strongly recommended. Students are expected to have read and familiarized themselves with all the set readings to individual lectures. Given the considerable load of reading, systematic work through the whole semester is strongly recommended.
After completing the course, students should be able to identify the structure of the International Relations Theory field, explain the circumstances of emergence of individual schools, traditions and approaches, distinguish the ontological and epistemological positions of theories, recognize the topics and problems addressed by these theories and evaluate the relevance of these for the progress of international thinking in particular areas/topics.
This course is examined by means of a two tests in Moodle https://dl1.cuni.cz/course/view.php?id=6361 consisting of questions covering both the lectures and readings. All questions related to the exam should be addressed to doc. Plechanovová.
Readings are available in electronic versions to students enrolled in the course (see attached files).
The discipline of international relations (BP)
Wight, Martin (1995) Why is there no IR theory? In: Der Derian, James (ed.): International Theory. Critical Investigations. New York University Press, New York, 17-34.
Hoffmann, Stanley (1995) An American Social Science: International Relations. In: Der Derian, James (ed.), International Theory: Critical Investigations. New York University Press, New York, 212-241.
Waever, Ole (1998) The Sociology of a Not So International Discipline: American and European Developments in International Relations. International Organization 52:4.
Philosophies of IR (OD)
Hollis Martin, and Steve Smith. 1990 Explaining and Understanding International Relations. Oxford: Clarendon Press (pp. 1-15).
Jackson, Patrick T. 2010. The Conduct of Inquiry in International Relations. London: Routledge (pp. 24-71).
Kratochwil, Friedrich (2007) Of False Promises and Good Bets: A Plea for a Pragmatic Approach to Theory Building. Journal of International Relations and Development 10(1).
Chernoff, Fred. 2007. Theory and Metatheory in International Relations. London: Palgrave Macmillan (pp. 35-77).
Angell, Norman (1910) The Great Illusion. London: Heinemann, 25-43, 215-245.
Mitrany, David (1943) A Working Peace System. London: RIIA, 5-41.
Panke, Diana and Thomas Risse (2007) Liberalism. In: Dunne, Tim a Milja Kurki a Seve Smith (eds.), International Relations Theories. Discipline and Diversity. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 89-108.
Drezner, Daniel. 2014. Theories of International Politics and Zombies. Princeton: Princeton University Press (pp. 37-50).
Dunne, Tim and Brian C. Schmidt. 2014. Realism. John Baylis, Steve Smith and Patricia Owens, eds. The Globalization of World Politics: An Introduction to International Relations. Sixth Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press (101-112).
Morgenthau, Hans. 2006 . Politics Among Nations: The Struggle for Power and Peace. New York: McGraw-Hill (pp. 3-16).
Nexon, Daniel. The Balance of Power in the Balance. World Politics 61(2).
Tang, Shiping. 2009. The Security Dilemma: A Conceptual Analysis. Security Studies 18(3).
Allison, Graham. 2015. The Thucydides Trap: Are the U.S. and China Headed for War? The Atlantic (24 Sept. 2015).
Behavioralist Approaches in IR Theory (BP)
Hollis Martin and Smith Steve, Explaining and understanding international relations. Oxford : Claredon P. (in Czech, Brno 2000) Ch. 6 and 8, pp. 119-142, 171-195.
Brams Steven J. (2003) Negotiation Games. Applying Game Theory to Bargaining and Arbitration. London: Routledge. Ch. 1 and 4; pp. 1-26, 101-136.
Walt Stephen M.(1999) Rigor or rigor mortis. International Security, Vol. 24, No. 2 (Fall 1999), pp. 5-48.
Bueno de Mesquita Bruce and James D. Morrow (1999) Sorting through the wealth of notions. International Security, Vol. 24, No. 2 (Fall 1999), pp. 56-73.
6 November (8:00; 1036)
Donnelly, Jack. 2000. Realism and International Relations. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (81-130).
Waltz, Kenneth. 1979. Theory of International Politics. Reading: Addison-Wesley (pp. 79-101).
Mearsheimer, John. 2001. The Tragedy of Great Power Politics. New York: W.W. Norton (pp. 29-54).
Weber, Cynthia. 2010. International Relations Theory: A Critical Introduction. Third Edition. London: Routledge (pp. 13-36).
Rosato, Sebaastian. 2011. Europe’s Troubles: Power Politics and the State of the European Project. International Security 35(4).
Keohane, Robert (1984) After Hegemony. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 49-84.
Baldwin, David (1993) Neoliberalism, Neorealism, and World Politics. In: Baldwin, David (ed.), Neorealism and Neoliberalism. New York: Columbia University Press, 3-28.
Moravcsik, Andrew (1997) Taking Preferences Seriously: A Liberal Theory of International Politics. International Organization 51, 4, Autumn 1997, pp. 513–53
Marxism and Critical Theory (OD)
Peterson, V. Spike. 2014. How is the World Organized Economically? Jenny Edkins and Maja Zehfuss, eds. Global Politics: A New Introduction. Second Edition. London: Routledge (pp. 363-376).
Hobden, Stephen and Richard Wyn Jones. 2014. Marxist Theories of International Relations. John Baylis, Steve Smith and Patricia Owens, eds. The Globalization of World Politics: An Introduction to International Relations. Sixth Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press (pp. 141-154).
Wallerstein, Immanuel. 2004. World Systems Analysis: An Introduction. Durham: Duke University Press (pp. 23-41).
Cox, Robert. 1981. Social Forces, States and World Orders: Beyond Internation al Relations Theory. Millenium 10(2).
Linklater, Andrew. 2005. Dialogic Politics and the Civilising Process. Review of International Studies 31(1).
Apeldoorn, Bastian van and Naná de Graaf. 2014. Corporate Elite Networks and U.S. Post-Cold War Grand Strategy from Clinton to Obama. European Journal of International Relations 20(1).
Burchill, Scott et al. (2005) Theories of International Relations, Basingstoke: Palgrave. Ch. 9; p. 213-234.
Enloe, Cynthia (1993) The Morning After. Sexual Politics at the End of the Cold War. Berkeley: UCP. Ch. 1, 7 and 8; pp. 10-37; 201-251.
Tickner Ann J. (2005) What Is Your Research Program? Some Feminist Answers to International Relations Methodological Questions. International Studies Quarterly 49: 1-21.
Green Political Theory in IR (BP)
Burchill, Scott et al. (2005) Theories of International Relations, Basingstoke: Palgrave. Ch. 10; p. 235-255.
Eckersley, Robyn (2004) The Green State: Rethinking Democracy and Sovereignty. Cambridge MA: MIT Press. Ch. 1 and 2; pp. 1-52.
Bernstein, Steven (2001) The Compromise of Liberal Environmentalism. New York: Columbia University Press. Ch. 3; pp. 70-121.
Drezner, Daniel. 2014. Theories of International Politics and Zombies. Princeton: Princeton University Press (pp. 65-74).
Barnett, Michael. 2014. Social Constructivism. John Baylis, Steve Smith and Patricia Owens, eds. The Globalization of World Politics: An Introduction to International Relations. Sixth Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press (pp. 141-154).
Wendt, Alexander. 1992. Anarchy is What States Make of It: The Social Construction of Power Politics. International Organization 46(2).
Weldes, Jutta. 1996. Constructing National Interests. European Journal of International Relations 2(3).
Finnemore, Martha and Kathryn Sikkink. 1998. International Norm Dynamics and Political Change. International Organization 52(4).
Tannenwald, Nina. 1999. The Nuclear Taboo: The United States and the Normative Basis of Nuclear Non-Use. International Organization 53(3).
Continental Approaches (OD)
Hansen, Lene. 2014. Poststructuralism. John Baylis, Steve Smith and Patricia Owens, eds. The Globalization of World Politics: An Introduction to International Relations. Sixth Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press (pp. 169-183).
Der Derian, James. 1990. The (S)pace of International Relations: Simulation, Surveillance, and Speed. International Studies Quaterly 34(3).
Aradau, Claudia and Rens Van Munster. 2007. Governing Terrorism Through Risk: Taking Precautions, (Un)Knowing the Future. European Journal of International Relations 13(1).
Campbell, David. 1998. Writing Security: United States Foreign Policy and the Politics of Identity. Manchester: Manchester University Press (pp. 55-88).
Ashley, Richard (1989) Living on Border Lines: Man, Poststructuralism, and War. In: Der Derian a Shapiro, eds, International/Intertextual Relations. Postmodern Readings of World Politics. New York: Lexington Books.259-322