Curricular Unit:Code:
Theory of International Relations1142TRIN
1UndergraduatePolitical Science and International Relations6 ects
Learning Period:Language of Instruction:Total Hours:
Winter SemesterPortuguese/English78
Learning Outcomes of the Curricular Unit:
The unit aims to introduce students in the theories of international relations scientific area; the understanding about the theoretical frameworks and interpretation of the international relations; comparison and critical approach.
Introduction and concepts.
1 - The classical system: the power of Maquiavel; Bodin and the sovereign State; Hobbes and the state of war; the idealism of Kant. 2 - The 30 years' war and the treaties of Vestefalia (1648): consequences and implications in the system of international relations.
3. Concepts of international system and international society. 4. The State in the international system. The strength of the State. 5. Studies about IR: Evolution. 6. Different theoretical perspectives: 6.1.Idealism: the 14 points of W. Wilson; 6.2 Realism; 6.3 Diplomatic-strategic theory; 6.4 Neorealism; 6.5 Neoliberalism. 7. International normative theory. Alternative frameworks in IR: Realism, pluralism and globalism. 8. Tipology of international organizations. 9. Theories of economic integration: brief introduction.
Demonstration of the Syllabus Coherence with the Curricular Unit's Objectives:
Teaching Methodologies (Including Evaluation):
Theoretical exposition of the contents the scientific area; discussions in the classroom; integration of methods, concepts, theories and knowledge in the scientific area; developing interactive competences in the classroom; demonstration of oral and written communication skills of expert assessment contents; selection of methods of information management.
Two written test (45% + 45%) and a mandatory team (2 elements) written essay presented and discussed in class (10%)
Demonstration of the Coherence between the Teaching Methodologies and the Learning Outcomes:
FERNANDES, António José (2015). Relações Internacionais. Evolução, Protagonistas e Teorias, Chiado Editora.
GASPAR, Carlos (coord.) (2021). Teoria das Relações Internacionais. Textos clássicos, Lisboa, Livros Horizonte.
KISSINGER, H. (2014). A Ordem Mundial, Alfragide. D. Quixote.
MENDES, Nuno C. e COUTINHO, Francisco P. (org.) (2014). Enciclopédia das Relações Internacionais, Alfragide, Publicações Dom Quixote.
NYE, Joseph S. (2011). Compreender os conflitos internacionais. Uma Introdução à Teoria e à História. 2ª Ed., Lisboa, Gradiva Publicações S.A.
VIOTTI, P. R., KAUPPI, M. V.(1998). International Relations Theory, Realism, Pluralism, Globalism.
WALLACE, H., WALLACE, W., POLLACK, M. A. (2005). Policy-Making in the European Union, Oxford, Oxford University Press.
Lecturer (* Responsible):
Isabel Costa Leite (