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Theories of International Relations - JPM314
Anglický název: Theories of International Relations
Zajišťuje: Katedra mezinárodních vztahu (23-KMV)
Fakulta: Fakulta sociálních věd
Platnost: od 2015 do 2015
Semestr: zimní
Body: 6
E-Kredity: 6
Způsob provedení zkoušky: zimní s.:
Rozsah, examinace: zimní s.:2/0 Zk [hodiny/týden]
Počet míst: neurčen / neurčen (neurčen)
Minimální obsazenost: neomezen
Stav předmětu: vyučován
Jazyk výuky: angličtina
Způsob výuky: prezenční
Je zajišťováno předmětem: JPM043
Poznámka: předmět je možno zapsat mimo plán
povolen pro zápis po webu
při zápisu přednost, je-li ve stud. plánu
Garant: doc. PhDr. Běla Plechanovová, CSc.
PhDr. Ondřej Ditrych, M.Phil., Ph.D.
Anotace - angličtina
Poslední úprava: PhDr. Ondřej Ditrych, M.Phil., Ph.D. (01.09.2017)

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.
Požadavky ke zkoušce - angličtina
Poslední úprava: PhDr. Ondřej Ditrych, M.Phil., Ph.D. (01.09.2017)

The assessment will be conducted in the form of a final written test.

Students may sit for the exam even if they have not yet submitted all assignments for their seminar. However, the grade from this course will be granted only after they are confirmed to have passed the seminar.

Sylabus - angličtina
Poslední úprava: PhDr. Ondřej Ditrych, M.Phil., Ph.D. (03.09.2017)

Room:

J1031

 

Instructors:

doc. PhDr. Běla Plechanovová, CSc.

Jinonice, Room 3088 


Phone: 251 080 278 



E-mail: plech.kursy@volny.cz

Office Hours: By appointment only

 

PhDr. Ondřej Ditrych, MPhil Ph.D.

Jinonice, Room 3087

Phone: 251 080 280

Email: ditrych@fsv.cuni.cz

Office Hours: Tuesday, 09.00-10.30

 

Credits: 8

 

Availability:

Compulsory course for International Relations / MAIN students

Pre-Requisites: None 


Co-Requisites: Seminar from J#011616 group (Theories of International Relations)

 

Annotation: 


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.

 

Course objectives: 

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.

 

Teaching methods: 


The course consists 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. 


 

Learning outcomes: 


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. 


 

Course assessment: 


This course is examined by means of a written examination (60 minutes) 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).

 

Course structure:

 

3 October

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.

 

10 October

Philosophies of IR (OD)

Introductory Reading:

Hollis Martin, and Steve Smith. 1990 Explaining and Understanding International Relations. Oxford: Clarendon Press (pp. 1-15).

Further Reading:

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).

Practical Applications:

Chernoff, Fred. 2007. Theory and Metatheory in International Relations. London: Palgrave Macmillan (pp. 35-77).

 

17 October

Liberalism (BP)

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.

 

24 October

Realism (OD)

Introductory Reading:

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).

Further Reading:

Morgenthau, Hans. 2006 [1948]. 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).

Practical Applications:

Allison, Graham. 2015. The Thucydides Trap: Are the U.S. and China Headed for War? The Atlantic (24 Sept. 2015).

  

31 October

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.

 

7 November

Neorealism (OD)

Introductory Reading:

Donnelly, Jack. 2000. Realism and International Relations. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (81-130).

Further Reading:

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).

Practical Applications:

Rosato, Sebaastian. 2011. Europe’s Troubles: Power Politics and the State of the European Project. International Security 35(4).

 

14 November

Marxism and Critical Theory (OD)

Introductory Reading:

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).

Further Reading:

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).

Practical Applications:

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).

 

21 November

Neoliberalism (BP)

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.

Axelrod, Robert and Robert Keohane (1993) Achieving Cooperation Under Anarchy. In: Baldwin, David (ed.), Neorealism and Neoliberalism. New York: Columbia University Press, 85-115.

 

28 November

Constructivism (OD)

Introductory Reading:

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).

Further Reading:

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).

Practical Applications:

Tannenwald, Nina. 1999. The Nuclear Taboo: The United States and the Normative Basis of Nuclear Non-Use. International Organization 53(3).

 

5 December

Feminism (BP)

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.

 

12 December

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.

 

19 December

Continental Approaches (OD)

Introductory Reading:

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).

Further Reading:

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).

Practical Applications:

Campbell, David. 1998. Writing Security: United States Foreign Policy and the Politics of Identity. Manchester: Manchester University Press (pp. 55-88).

 

Further reading:

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 
Brams, Steven J. (1994) Theory of Moves. Cambridge: CUP 
Brown M. E. et al. (eds.)(2000) Rational Choice and Security Studies. Stephan Walt and His Critics, Cambridge: MIT Press 
Bull Hedley, The Anarchical Society. A Study of Order in World Politics, London 1991 
Campbell, David (1998) Writing Security: United States foreign policy and the politics of identity. Manchester: Manchester University Press 
Clark Ian (1999) Globalization and International Relations Theory, Oxford: OUP 
Der Derian, James, ed. (1995) International Theory: Critical Investigations. New York: New York University Press. 
Der Derian, James a Shapiro, Michael J., eds (1989) International/Intertextual Relations. Postmodern Readings of World Politics. New York: Lexington Books. 
Dunne, Tim a Milja Kurki a Seve Smith, eds. (2007) International Relations Theories. Discipline and Diversity. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 
Falk Richard (1999) Predatory Globalization. A Critique, Cambridge: CUP 
Fry Greg, O´Hagan Jacinta (eds.)(2000) Contending Images of World Politics, Basingstoke: Palgrave 
Gill Stephen (ed.) (1993) Gramsci, Historical Materialism and International Relations, Cambridge 
Gilpin Robert (1987) The Political Economy on International Relations, Princeton 
Goodin Robert E. (1995) Green Political Theory, Cambridge: CUP 
Halliday Fred (1994) Rethinking International Relations, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan 
Halliday Fred (1999) Revolution and World Politics. The Rise and Fall of the Sixth Great Power, Durham 
Hollis Martin and Smith Steve (1990) Explaining and understanding international relations. Oxford : Claredon Press 
Hopkins Terence K., Wallerstein Immanuel et al. (1998) The Age of Transition. Trajectory of the World-System 1945 - 2025, London 
Kaplan Morton A. (1979) Towards Professionalism in International Theory: Macrosystem Analysis, London 
Kratochwil, Friedrich (2007) 'Of False Promises and Good Bets: A Plea for a Pragmatic Approach to Theory Building (the Tartu lecture)', Journal of International Relations and Development 10(1): 1?15. 
Laferiérre Eric and Stoett Peter (1999) International Relations Theory and Ecological Thought. Towards a Synthesis, London 
Lovelock, James (2000) Gaia: A New Look At Life On Earth. Oxford: OUP 
Mansbach R.W. (1973) Structure and Process in Intenational Politics. New York 
Meadows Donella H., Meadows Dennis L. and Randers J?rgen (1993) Beyond the Limits: Confronting Global Collapse, Envisioning a Sustainable Future, Chelsea Green Publishing, Překročení mezí. Konfrontace globálního kolapsu s představou trvale udržitelné budoucnosti, Praha 1995 
Meadows Donella H. (1999) Leverage Points: Places to Intervene in a System www.sustainabilityinstitute.org/pubs/Leverage_Points.pdf 
Morgenthau, Hans (1948/1980) Politics Among Nations: The Struggle for Power and Peace. New York: Knopf 
Morrow, James D. (1994) Game Theory for Political Scientists. Princetom: Princeton UP 
Onuf, Nicholas G. (1989) World of Our Making: Rules and Rule in Social Theory and International Relations. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press 
Spero Joan Edelman (1985) The Politics of International Economic Relations. New York 
Steans Jill (1998) Gender and International Relations. An Introduction, Cambridge: CUP 
Tsebelis George (1994) Nested Games. Princeton: Princeton UP 
Waever, Ole (1998) The Sociology of a Not So International Discipline: American and European Developments in International Relations. International Organization, 52, 4. 
Walker, R.B.J. (1993) Inside/Outside: International Relations as Political Theory. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 
Wallerstein Immanuel, The Modern World System, vol. 1-3, New York 1974-89. 
Walt, Stephen (1987) The Origins of Alliances. Ithaca: Cornell University Press 
Waltz Kenneth N. (1979) Theory of Intenational Politics, New York. 
Wendt, Alexander (1999) Social Theory of International Politics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 
Wight, Colin (2007) Agents, Structures and International Relations. Politics as Ontology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 62-120. 
Zehfuss, Maja (2002) Constructivism in International Relations. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

 
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