Code Course Type Regular Semester Lecture Recit. Lab Credits ECTS
PIR 591 A 3 - - - 3 6
Lecturer and Office Hours: Islam Jusufi
Teaching Assistant(s) and Office Hours: -
Language: English
Compulsory/Elective: Compulsory
Classroom and Meeting Time: N/A
Course Description: -
Course Objectives: This course offers training in Political Theories of International Relations. It provides students with a comprehensive overview of the main political theories as they relate to international relations. The course provides students understanding the factors that have shaped current political theories of international relations. Each week, a different political theory of the international relations will be examined. The course aims to examine critically the contemporary relevance of different strands of thinking about international relations and the various “traditions” of thought about International Relations. It further aims to provide students with advanced understanding of political theories that relate to discipline of International Relations.
Week Topics
1 Course introduction, overview of texts, and expectations.
2 Introduction to Political Theories of International Relations. Must readings: Devetak: pages: 22-34. Walt (The Relationship): pages: 23–43. Waltz (Theory): pages: 1-17. Wolin (Political Theory as a Vocation).
3 Classics in international relations. Must readings: Knutsen: pages: 11-54.
4 Realism and Neo-realism. Must readings: Devetak: pages: 35-46. D’Anieri: pages: 61-73. Kegley: pages: 31-38. Optional: Mearsheimer (Conversations with History: John Mearsheimer - youtube). Walt (Conversations with History: Stephen Walt - youtube). Waltz (Conversations with History: Kenneth Waltz - youtube).
5 Thucydides and Machiavelli in international relations. Must readings: Bagby (The Use and Abuse of Thucydides in International Relations). Belliotti (Machiavelli and Machiavellianism). Forde (Varieties of Realism: Thucydides and Machiavelli).
6 Seminar I: Hobbes in international relations. Must readings: Williams (Hobbes and International Relations).
7 Edmund Burke, Rousseau, and Hegel in international relations. Must readings: Armitage (Edmund Burke and Reason of State). Eaves (Edmund Burke). Rousseau (The Social Contract). Shaw (Hegel's Theory of Modern Bureaucracy).
9 The State. Must readings: Dunning (Jean Bodin on Sovereignty).
10 Liberalism and Neo-Liberalism. Must readings: Devetak: pages: 48-60. D’Anieri: pages: 74-84. Kegley: pages: 28-31; 38-43.
11 Morality in international relations. Must readings: Ward (Locke on the Moral Basis of International Relations).
12 Liberty. Must readings: Berlin: pages: 166-217.
13 Constructivism. Must readings: Devetak: pages: 103-118. D’Anieri: pages: 94-101.
14 Marxism, Critical Theory, and Feminism in the study of International Relations. Must readings: Devetak: pages: 62-90. Reus-Smit: pages: 327-345; 391-407.
Prerequisite(s): Class attendance and participation; essay; and seminars.
Textbook: Must readings: D’Anieri, P. 2012. International Politics: Power and Purpose in Global Affairs. Wadsworth, Cengage Learning: Boston (Available online). Armitage, D. 2000. Edmund Burke and Reason of State. Journal of the History of Ideas 4: 617-634 (Available online). Bagby, L. M. J. 1994. The Use and Abuse of Thucydides in International Relations. International Organization 1: 131-153 (Available online). Belliotti, R. A. 1978. Machiavelli and Machiavellianism. Journal of Thought 4: 293-300 (Available online). Berlin, I. 2002. Liberty: Incorporating Four Essays on Liberty. Oxford University Press: Oxford. pages: 166-217 (Available online). Devetak, R., Burke, A., George, J. 2013. An Introduction to International Relations. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge (Available in the Library of the Epoka University), (Also, available online). Dunning, W. A. 1986. Jean Bodin on Sovereignty. Political Science Quarterly 1: 82-104 (Available online). Eaves, R. G. 1979. Edmund Burke: his enduring influence on political thought. Journal of Thought 2: 122-131 (Available online). Forde, S. 1992. Varieties of Realism: Thucydides and Machiavelli. The Journal of Politics 2: 372-393 (Available online). Kegley, C.W., Blanton, S.L. 2011. World Politics: Trend and Transformations. Wadsworth, Cengage Learning: Boston (Available in the Library of the Epoka University), (Also, available online with newer edition). Knutsen, T. 1997. A history of International Relations theory. Manchester University Press: Manchester (Available in the Library of the Epoka University). Reus-Smit, C., Snidal, D. 2008. The Oxford Handbook of International Relations. Oxford University Press: Oxford (Available online). Rousseau, J. J. The Social Contract (Available online). Shaw, C. K. Y. 1992. Hegel's Theory of Modern Bureaucracy. The American Political Science Review 2: 381-389 (Available online). Walt, S. 2005. "The Relationship Between Theory and Policy in International Relations." Annual Review of Political Science (8): 23–48 (Available online). Waltz, K. 2010. Theory of International Politics. Waveland Press Inc (Available online). Ward, L. 2006. Locke on the Moral Basis of International Relations. American Journal of Political Science 3: 691-705 (Available online). Williams, M. C. 1996. Hobbes and International Relations: A Reconsideration. International Organization 2: 213-236 (Available online). Wolin, S. 1969. “Political Theory as a Vocation”. American Political Science Review 63: 1062-1082 (Available online).
Other References: Optional readings: Burke, E. Letters on a Regicide Peace (Available online). Hegel, G. Political Writings (Available online). Hobbes, T. Leviathan (Available online). Machiavelli, N. The Prince (Available online). Schmitt, C. 2005. Political Theology: Four Chapters on the Concept of Sovereignty. University of Chicago Press: Chicago (Available online). Sen, A. 1983. "Liberty and Social Choice," The Journal of Philosophy 80: 5-28 (Available online). Thucydides. History of the Pelopponesian War (Available online). Mearsheimer (Conversations with History: John Mearsheimer - youtube). Walt (Conversations with History: Stephen Walt - youtube). Waltz (Conversations with History: Kenneth Waltz - youtube).
Laboratory Work: N/A
Computer Usage: N/A
Others: No
1 To demonstrate knowledge on the key political theories of IR.
2 To demonstrate ability to reflect on key political theories and concepts to case studies.
3 To demonstrate ability to identify differences among the political theories.
4 To demonstrate ability to apply the political theories to current developments.
(Blank : no contribution, 1: least contribution ... 5: highest contribution)
No Program Competencies Cont.
Method Quantity Percentage
Term Paper
Final Exam
Total Percent: 100%
Activities Quantity Duration(Hours) Total Workload(Hours)
Course Duration (Including the exam week: 16x Total course hours) 16 3 48
Hours for off-the-classroom study (Pre-study, practice) 28 2 56
Mid-terms 13 1 13
Final examination 16 1 16
Other 17 1 17
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