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General information:
Name:
Theories of International Relations
Course of study:
2017/2018
Code:
HUX-1-231-s
Faculty of:
Humanities
Study level:
First-cycle studies
Specialty:
-
Field of study:
Social Informatics
Semester:
2
Profile of education:
Academic and practical
Lecture language:
English
Form and type of study:
Full-time studies
Course homepage:
 
Responsible teacher:
prof. Chapichadze Khatuna (khatuna.khatuna@gmail.com)
Academic teachers:
prof. Chapichadze Khatuna (khatuna.khatuna@gmail.com)
Module summary

During the seminar classes of the course we will first of all attempt to explain why International Relations and its study are important, and address the concept of the nation-state, forces of integration, disintegration, and self-determination in the light of discussing international relations in a globalized world context. In parallel, the role and place of globalization for the study of IR will be defined.

Description of learning outcomes for module
MLO code Student after module completion has the knowledge/ knows how to/is able to Connections with FLO Method of learning outcomes verification (form of completion)
Social competence
M_K001 is able to critically assess major theories of international relations UX1P_K06 Activity during classes,
Essay
Skills
M_U001 is able to trace related globalization context for exploration of international relations UX1P_U09 Activity during classes,
Essay
M_U002 is able to critically evaluate main controversial categories and competing approaches of the diverse theories of international relations UX1P_U02 Activity during classes,
Essay
Knowledge
M_W001 posseses knowledge concerning basic elements and concepts of international relations UX1P_W04 Activity during classes,
Essay,
Test
FLO matrix in relation to forms of classes
MLO code Student after module completion has the knowledge/ knows how to/is able to Form of classes
Lecture
Audit. classes
Lab. classes
Project classes
Conv. seminar
Seminar classes
Pract. classes
Zaj. terenowe
Zaj. warsztatowe
Others
E-learning
Social competence
M_K001 is able to critically assess major theories of international relations - - - - - + - - - - -
Skills
M_U001 is able to trace related globalization context for exploration of international relations - - - - - + - - - - -
M_U002 is able to critically evaluate main controversial categories and competing approaches of the diverse theories of international relations - - - - - + - - - - -
Knowledge
M_W001 posseses knowledge concerning basic elements and concepts of international relations - - - - - + - - - - -
Module content
Seminar classes:

After learning the concept of national interest, as well as exploring the ‘‘system’’ in the international system, we will focus on power as one of the key and contestable categories in the theories of international relations. Briefly considering diversity of theory, its contested nature, the foundation of the discipline of International Relations, the Behavioral Approach, the Structural Approach, and the Evolutionary Approach, we aim to thoroughly examine major theories of international relations: realism and neo-/structural realism, liberalism and neoliberalism, constructivism, Marxism, as well as feminist perspectives. The English School, critical theory, postmodernism, and Green politics will also be covered.
Please, take into consideration that the schedule is tentative and its change is at the instructor’s discretion.

  1. Why are International Relations and its study important? The Concept of the Nation-State; Forces of Integration, Disintegration, and Self-Determination (International Relations in a Globalized World Context); Role and Place of Globalization for the Study of IR
    Reading:
    Kaufman, Joyce P., Introduction to International Relations: Theory and Practice, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Apr 4, 2013, pp. 1-29.
  2. Concept of National Interest; The ‘‘System’’ in the International System; Power as One of the Key and Contestable Categories in the Theories of International Relations
    Readings:
    1. Kaufman, Joyce P., Introduction to International Relations: Theory and Practice, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Apr 4, 2013, pp. 29-43.
    2. Chapichadze, Kh., Tsutskiridze, D., Comparative Analysis of Russia’s and Germany’s Armament Preceding the World War I Based on the Richardson’s Model (in Georgian, with the summary in English), The World War I and the World War II and South Caucasus, The International Symposia Collection of Scientific Works, Tbilisi (Georgia), 2017, pp. 77-83.
  3. Diversity of Theory; Contested Nature of Theory; Foundation of the Discipline of International Relations; The Behavioral Approach; The Structural Approach; The Evolutionary Approach
    Reading:
    Gaddis, John Lewis, International Relations Theory and the End of the Cold War, International Security, Vol. 17, No. 3 (Winter, 1992-1993), pp. 5-17.
  4. Major Theories of International Relations: Realism and Neo-/Structural Realism (Part 1)
    Readings:
    1. Kaufman, Joyce P., Introduction to International Relations: Theory and Practice, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Apr 4, 2013, pp. 43-52.
    2. Chapichadze, Kh., Gafarli, O., Anapiosyan, A., Oztarsu, M. F., Russian Foreign Policy in the South Сaucasus, Role of Global and Regional Actors in the South Сaucasus, The South Сaucasus and Its Neighborhood: From Politics and Economics to Group Rights, 2016.
  5. Major Theories of International Relations: Realism and Neo-/Structural Realism (Part 2)
    Readings:
    1. Burchill, Scott; Linklater, Andrew; Devetak, Richard; Donnelly, Jack; Paterson, Matthew; Reus-Smit, Christian; True, Jacqui, Theories of International Relations, Palgrave Macmillan, 3rd edition, September 3, 2005, pp. 29-55.
    2. Chapichadze, Kh., Religious Aspects of Security in Caucasus (in Georgian, with the summaries in Georgian, English and Russian), Major Confessions of Faith and Problematic Issues of Caucasus Regional Security, Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University Center of Research for the Study of Georgian Complex Development Issues, Tbilisi (Georgia), 2015, pp. 175-181.
  6. Major Theories of International Relations: Liberalism and Neoliberalism (Part 1)
    Readings:
    1. Kaufman, Joyce P., Introduction to International Relations: Theory and Practice, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Apr 4, 2013, pp. 52-59.
    2. Chapichadze, Kh., Visa Liberalisation: What does This Mean in Reality for Moldova and Georgia? “ANTE PORTAS – Security Studies” (indexed in INDEX COPERNICUS INTERNATIONAL), Moldova on the Geopolitical Map of Europe, No 1(8)/2017: pp. 147-152, Wyższa Szkoła Biznesu i Przedsiębiorczości w Ostrowcu Świętokrzyskim (Сollege of Business and Enterpreneurship in Ostrowiec Świętokrzyski), Ostrowiec Świętokrzyski, Poland, 2017.
    3. Chapichadze, Kh., Big Victory for Georgia’s Westernization Progress: Visa Liberalization, http://www.theasian.asia/archives/98676 (Last visited – 28.05.2017), March 28, 2017.
  7. Major Theories of International Relations: Liberalism and Neoliberalism (Part 2)
    Readings:
    1. Burchill, Scott; Linklater, Andrew; Devetak, Richard; Donnelly, Jack; Paterson, Matthew; Reus-Smit, Christian; True, Jacqui, Theories of International Relations, Palgrave Macmillan, 3rd edition, September 3, 2005, pp. 55-84.
    2. Chapichadze, Kh., What can be expected from the Abashidze-Karasin talks, Post-Soviet States between Russia and the EU: Analysing Special Circumstances and Political Tendencies (Сoordinators: V. Teosa, M. Matsaberidze, С. Morari), International Scientific Сonference, 27 September, 2016, Сhișinău (Moldova), 2016, СEP USM. (This edition was supported by a Marie Сurie FP7 European Programme (IRSES) “EU-PREACC: Possibilities and limits, challenges and obstacles of transferring СEE EU pre-accession best practices and experience to Moldova’s and Georgia’s pre-accession process” and is dedicated to 70th Unniversary of Moldova State University. It is financed by European Сommission and realized by the Moldova State University, Faculty of International Relations, Political and Administrative Sciences and Iv. Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University.) pp. 397-402.
    3. Chapichadze, Kh., South Caucasian Union: Pros and Cons. The Role and Potential of Georgia (in Russian), Civil Hearing Materials, NGO Tekali Process, http://southcaucasus.com/index.php?p=khatunachapichadze
    (Last visited – 14.04.2016), May 24, 2014.
  8. Midterm test
  9. Major Theories of International Relations: Constructivism
    Readings:
    1. Kaufman, Joyce P., Introduction to International Relations: Theory and Practice, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Apr 4, 2013, pp. 59-63.
    2. Burchill, Scott; Linklater, Andrew; Devetak, Richard; Donnelly, Jack; Paterson, Matthew; Reus-Smit, Christian; True, Jacqui, Theories of International Relations, Palgrave Macmillan, 3rd edition, September 3, 2005, pp. 188-213.
  10. Major Theories of International Relations: Marxism
    Readings:
    1. Kaufman, Joyce P., Introduction to International Relations: Theory and Practice, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Apr 4, 2013, pp. 63-66.
    2. Burchill, Scott; Linklater, Andrew; Devetak, Richard; Donnelly, Jack; Paterson, Matthew; Reus-Smit, Christian; True, Jacqui, Theories of International Relations, Palgrave Macmillan, 3rd edition, September 3, 2005, pp. 110-137.
  11. Major Theories of International Relations: Feminist Perspectives
    Readings:
    1. Ruiz, Tricia, Feminist Theory and International Relations: The Feminist Challenge to Realism and Liberalism, 7 pages.
    2. Kaufman, Joyce P., Introduction to International Relations: Theory and Practice, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Apr 4, 2013, pp. 66-71.
    3. Burchill, Scott; Linklater, Andrew; Devetak, Richard; Donnelly, Jack; Paterson, Matthew; Reus-Smit, Christian; True, Jacqui, Theories of International Relations, Palgrave Macmillan, 3rd edition, September 3, 2005, pp. 213-235.
    4. Chapichadze, Kh., Tsutskiridze, D., A Guide for Gender Equality Issues (in Georgian, with the preface in English), Gender Equality Research Center Project, Georgian Technical University, Pub. Universali, Tbilisi (Georgia), 2017, 289 pages.
    5. Chapichadze, Kh., Feminist Economy in the CACEE Regional and Local Economy (Challenging Neoliberal
    Intervention) (in English, with the summary in Russian), ȘTIINȚA POLITICĂ ȘI SOCIETATEA ÎN
    SCHIMBARE, Materialele Conferinței științifice internaționale dedicate celei de-a 20-a aniversări a
    Facultăţii Relaţii Internaţionale, Ştiinţe Politice şi Administrative, FRIȘPA, Universitatea de Stat din
    Moldova, Chișinău, 13 noiembrie 2015, pp. 387-391.
    6. Chapichadze, Kh., Specificity of Contemporary Georgian Feminism (in Georgian, with the summary in English), The World and Gender, International Scientific Conference Collection of Works, GTU Gender Equality Research Center, Business-Engineering Faculty, GTU, Tbilisi (Georgia), 2016, pp. 65-68.
    7. Chapichadze, Kh., Are Women More Conscientious? (in English, with the summary in Russian), Integrity in Action: Russian and Foreign Experience (in Russian), International Scientific Conference, Novosibirsk, April
    14-16, 2014, Novosibirsk, Pub. NSTU, 2014, pp. 26-30.
    8. Chapichadze, Kh., Trading of Masculinity (in English, with the summary in Russian), Globalism and Migrations: Challenging Tolerance (in Russian), International Scientific Conference, Novosibirsk, March 27-28, 2014, Novosibirsk, Pub. NSTU, 2014, pp. 13-16.
    9. Chapichadze, Kh., Kipiani, M., Tsutskiridze, D., Research of Gender Awareness among the Bachelor Students of the Business-Engineering Faculty of GTU (An Outline) (in Georgian, with the summary in English), The World and Gender, International Scientific Conference Proceedings: Special Number (2), GTU Gender Equality Research Center, Faculty of Business-Engineering, GTU, Tbilisi, Georgia, 2013, pp. 256-259.
    10. Chapichadze, Kh., Women in Government (in English, with the summary in Georgian), The World and Gender, International Scientific Conference Proceedings: Special Number (1), GTU Gender Equality Research Center, Faculty of Business-Engineering, GTU, Tbilisi, Georgia, 2012, pp. 58-60.
  12. Major Theories of International Relations: The English School
    Reading:
    Burchill, Scott; Linklater, Andrew; Devetak, Richard; Donnelly, Jack; Paterson, Matthew; Reus-Smit, Christian; True, Jacqui, Theories of International Relations, Palgrave Macmillan, 3rd edition, September 3, 2005, pp. 84-110.
  13. Major Theories of International Relations: Critical Theory
    Reading:
    Burchill, Scott; Linklater, Andrew; Devetak, Richard; Donnelly, Jack; Paterson, Matthew; Reus-Smit, Christian; True, Jacqui, Theories of International Relations, Palgrave Macmillan, 3rd edition, September 3, 2005, pp. 137-161.
  14. Major Theories of International Relations: Postmodernism
    Reading:
    Burchill, Scott; Linklater, Andrew; Devetak, Richard; Donnelly, Jack; Paterson, Matthew; Reus-Smit, Christian; True, Jacqui, Theories of International Relations, Palgrave Macmillan, 3rd edition, September 3, 2005, pp. 161-188.
  15. Major Theories of International Relations: Green Politics
    Reading:
    Burchill, Scott; Linklater, Andrew; Devetak, Richard; Donnelly, Jack; Paterson, Matthew; Reus-Smit, Christian; True, Jacqui, Theories of International Relations, Palgrave Macmillan, 3rd edition, September 3, 2005, pp. 235-258.

Student workload (ECTS credits balance)
Student activity form Student workload
Summary student workload 102 h
Module ECTS credits 4 ECTS
Participation in seminar classes 30 h
Preparation of a report, presentation, written work, etc. 20 h
Realization of independently performed tasks 20 h
Preparation for classes 30 h
Completion of a project 2 h
Additional information
Method of calculating the final grade:
  • Midterm test (individual and/or mini group presentations; the material should mainly come from, but is not limited to class lectures and the assigned readings. The midterm is worth 30% of your mark.);
  • Final essay (list of the topics you should choose one from will be provided on AGH’s e-Learning Platform. You should send me the essays via my e-mail: khatuna.khatuna@gmail.com; the deadline will be announced on AGH’s e-Learning Platform). Final essay is worth 50% of your mark.
  • Attendance (regular class attendance is highly recommended. Attendance is worth 5% of your mark.);
  • Participation and Assignments (participation in class discussions, including about assigned readings is worth 15% of your mark.)
Prerequisites and additional requirements:

Prerequisites and additional requirements not specified

Recommended literature and teaching resources:

Go to classes description. All assigned readings for the course will be provided on AGH’s e-Learning Platform.

Scientific publications of module course instructors related to the topic of the module:

Chapichadze, Kh., Tsutskiridze, D., Comparative Analysis of Russia’s and Germany’s Armament Preceding the World War I Based on the Richardson’s Model (in Georgian, with the summary in English), The World War I and the World War II and South Caucasus, The International Symposia Collection of Scientific Works, Tbilisi (Georgia), 2017, pp. 77-83.
Chapichadze, Kh., Gafarli, O., Anapiosyan, A., Oztarsu, M. F., Russian Foreign Policy in the South Сaucasus, Role of Global and Regional Actors in the South Сaucasus, The South Сaucasus and Its Neighborhood: From Politics and Economics to Group Rights, 2016.
Chapichadze, Kh., Religious Aspects of Security in Caucasus (in Georgian, with the summaries in Georgian, English and Russian), Major Confessions of Faith and Problematic Issues of Caucasus Regional Security, Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University Center of Research for the Study of Georgian Complex Development Issues, Tbilisi (Georgia), 2015, pp. 175-181.
Chapichadze, Kh., Visa Liberalisation: What does This Mean in Reality for Moldova and Georgia? “ANTE PORTAS – Security Studies” (indexed in INDEX COPERNICUS INTERNATIONAL), Moldova on the Geopolitical Map of Europe, No 1(8)/2017: pp. 147-152, Wyższa Szkoła Biznesu i Przedsiębiorczości w Ostrowcu Świętokrzyskim (Сollege of Business and Enterpreneurship in Ostrowiec Świętokrzyski), Ostrowiec Świętokrzyski, Poland, 2017.
Chapichadze, Kh., Big Victory for Georgia’s Westernization Progress: Visa Liberalization, http://www.theasian.asia/archives/98676 (Last visited – 28.05.2017), March 28, 2017.
Chapichadze, Kh., What can be expected from the Abashidze-Karasin talks, Post-Soviet States between Russia and the EU: Analysing Special Circumstances and Political Tendencies (Сoordinators: V. Teosa, M. Matsaberidze, С. Morari), International Scientific Сonference, 27 September, 2016, Сhișinău (Moldova), 2016, СEP USM. (This edition was supported by a Marie Сurie FP7 European Programme (IRSES) “EU-PREACC: Possibilities and limits, challenges and obstacles of transferring СEE EU pre-accession best practices and experience to Moldova’s and Georgia’s pre-accession process” and is dedicated to 70th Unniversary of Moldova State University. It is financed by European Сommission and realized by the Moldova State University, Faculty of International Relations, Political and Administrative Sciences and Iv. Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University.) pp. 397-402.
Chapichadze, Kh., South Caucasian Union: Pros and Cons. The Role and Potential of Georgia (in Russian), Civil Hearing Materials, NGO Tekali Process, http://southcaucasus.com/index.php?p=khatunachapichadze
(Last visited – 14.04.2016), May 24, 2014.
Chapichadze, Kh., Tsutskiridze, D., A Guide for Gender Equality Issues (in Georgian, with the preface in English), Gender Equality Research Center Project, Georgian Technical University, Pub. Universali, Tbilisi (Georgia), 2017, 289 pages.
Chapichadze, Kh., Feminist Economy in the CACEE Regional and Local Economy (Challenging Neoliberal
Intervention) (in English, with the summary in Russian), ȘTIINȚA POLITICĂ ȘI SOCIETATEA ÎN
SCHIMBARE, Materialele Conferinței științifice internaționale dedicate celei de-a 20-a aniversări a
Facultăţii Relaţii Internaţionale, Ştiinţe Politice şi Administrative, FRIȘPA, Universitatea de Stat din
Moldova, Chișinău, 13 noiembrie 2015, pp. 387-391.
Chapichadze, Kh., Specificity of Contemporary Georgian Feminism (in Georgian, with the summary in English), The World and Gender, International Scientific Conference Collection of Works, GTU Gender Equality Research Center, Business-Engineering Faculty, GTU, Tbilisi (Georgia), 2016, pp. 65-68.
Chapichadze, Kh., Are Women More Conscientious? (in English, with the summary in Russian), Integrity in Action: Russian and Foreign Experience (in Russian), International Scientific Conference, Novosibirsk, April
14-16, 2014, Novosibirsk, Pub. NSTU, 2014, pp. 26-30.
Chapichadze, Kh., Trading of Masculinity (in English, with the summary in Russian), Globalism and Migrations: Challenging Tolerance (in Russian), International Scientific Conference, Novosibirsk, March 27-28, 2014, Novosibirsk, Pub. NSTU, 2014, pp. 13-16.
Chapichadze, Kh., Kipiani, M., Tsutskiridze, D., Research of Gender Awareness among the Bachelor Students of the Business-Engineering Faculty of GTU (An Outline) (in Georgian, with the summary in English), The World and Gender, International Scientific Conference Proceedings: Special Number (2), GTU Gender Equality Research Center, Faculty of Business-Engineering, GTU, Tbilisi, Georgia, 2013, pp. 256-259.
Chapichadze, Kh., Women in Government (in English, with the summary in Georgian), The World and Gender, International Scientific Conference Proceedings: Special Number (1), GTU Gender Equality Research Center, Faculty of Business-Engineering, GTU, Tbilisi, Georgia, 2012, pp. 58-60.

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