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International Relations and Integration

POL 205 International Relations and Integration

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LM-SEP  Percorso Relazioni e Politiche Internazionali


Modulo:e  3°

The purpose of the first part of the course is to introduce students to the fundamentals of international relations and integration, including the main schools of international relations theory, as well as the key international issues of sustainable peace, international and human security, global power, identity and religions. The unit also introduces the principal actors in international relations including states, inter-governmental organizations, non-governmental organizations, transnational corporations, and global civil society.

Upon successful completion of the course the student will be able to understand the major concepts of international relations, including the international system, balance of power, hegemony, conflict, human rights, cooperation, interdependence, global 34.

economy, dependence, regimes, equality, and justice; understand and critically evaluate the mainstream theories and approaches to international relations, realism and liberalism, as well as the critical perspectives, social constructivist, postcolonial politics; identify the key actors in international relations and understand how these actors interact in the international scene.


Part I

BOOTH K., International relations. All that matters, Hodder & Stoughton, London 2014.

BROWN C., AINLEY K., Understanding International Relations, Palgrave MacMillan, New York 2009, chapter 10 (The International Politics of Identity, pp. 199-220) and 11 (International Relations and the Individual: Human Rights, Humanitarian Law and Humanitarian War, pp. 221-246)

FERRARA P., Global Religions and International Relations. A diplomatic perspective, Palgrave MacMillan, New York 2014 (chapters 1,2 and 5)

FERRARA P., People First: Human Security in the Mediterranean and Middle East, “Horizons”, Autumn 2016, Issue n.8, pp. 90-100

Part II

PINDER J. & USHERWOOD S., The EU. A very short introduction, Oxford University Press, Oxford UK, 2013.

MATTHIJS M., Europe After Brexit. A Less Perfect Union, “Foreign Affairs”, January/February 2017.

BILANCIA P., The Dynamics of the EU Integration and the Impact on the National Constitutional Law: The European Union After the Lisbon Treaties, Giuffré Editore, 2012, chapter III (The division of competences between the European Union and its Member States) and VII (The area of freedom, security and justice).