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Современные теории международных отношений и политические процессы в Азии и Африке

Статус: Маго-лего
Когда читается: 1, 2 модуль
Охват аудитории: для всех кампусов НИУ ВШЭ
Язык: английский
Кредиты: 6
Контактные часы: 56

Course Syllabus


This course surveys the main paradigms and frameworks of analysis that comprise the academic study of International Relations (IR). The first part of the course covers both mainstream and critical approaches to the subject as well as non-western approaches in IR. The second part of the course studies the co-constitutive relationship between the theory and practice of international relations using cases from Asian contemporary history. The lectures give basic overviews of various theoretical approaches, while the readings and discussion on seminars provide a ‘toolkit’ of concepts that students can use to analyze international relations in Asia. Prerequisites: students, who are not enrolled in the Cross-Cultural Studies of Asia and Africa in the Context of International Relations degree program, must successfully pass (8-10 out of 10 points) the entry test for basic knowledge in international relations during the first class.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • The course is tailored for students majoring in “Cross-Cultural Studies of Asia and Africa in the Context of International Relations”, and is mandatory for students in both trajectories of the above-mentioned program. The course will discuss the major modern theories of international relations, such as liberalism, Marxism, constructivism, feminism, the English school, etc. Second, lecturers will introduce major state institutions responsible for international policy and decision-making. Finally, students will also learn about the methodology of research in the history of international relations and analyze it with concrete examples.
  • The course aims to: 1. give students an overview of the major modern theories of international relations, such as Liberalism, Marxism, Constructivism, Feminism, the English school, etc.; 2. develop students' skills in application of theoretical models and methodology to the analysis of the history of international relations in Asian and African countries.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Describes the major modern theories of international relations, key state institutions responsible for international policy and their functions.
  • Knows the major theories of international relations applied and reflected in Asian and African countries.
  • Explains the relevance of key terms in international relations.
  • Traces evolution of international relations in particular region or state.
  • Identifies the strengths and weaknesses of IR’s various theoretical approaches.
  • Applies the concepts of international relations to the analysis of foreign policy in Asia and Africa.
  • Knows the typical features of the modern diplomacy, its actors, factors, tasks and processes.
  • Knows five primary negotiation styles and gives its examples.
  • Knows the difference between ideas and norms.
  • Knows how ideas and norms relate to interests in international politics.
  • Know how the relationship between conflict and war can be conceptualized.
  • Gives examples of international conflicts and its resolution processes.
  • Knows the problems inherited to peacekeeping missions.
  • Describes the drivers of regional integration.
  • Understand how domestic politics affect international cooperation.
  • Applies a variety of research methods to the study of international relations in Asia and Africa.
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Block 1. Main theories and approaches.
  • Block 2. Selected concepts and topics within International Relations Theory.
  • Block 3. Methods and methodology.
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking In-class Participation
    The assessment is based on a) knowledge of factual material on the topic of the seminar (including independently extracted by the student from the scientific literature proposed for discussion at the seminar), b) active participation in the discussion and individual/group work during each seminar. The student can show active participation in the seminar and participate in the discussion only orally (or in case of distance learning format - orally and/or in writing by sending messages to the chat room during the class). A grade from 1 to 10 points is given for activity in each seminar. In each seminar students should participate in a discussion on the relevant topic, making comments and arguing their opinion based on their knowledge of sources, homework materials and specialized literature.
  • non-blocking Tests on compulsory literature
    Tests consist of 10 questions of different formats: multiple choice, filling in the gap, open-ended question. The response time is 10 minutes. Only 2 tests in the course, on seminar 5 and seminar 13. Tests on compulsory literature are not possible to retake. The final grade for this type of assessment (LT) is given according to the formula below: LT = (Literature test 1 + Literature test 2)/2.
  • non-blocking Exam
    The exam is a test consisting of 20 questions of different formats: multiple choice, filling in the gap, open-ended question. The response time is 40 minutes. Exam questions are based on lectures and seminars. Exam is possible to retake.
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • 2023/2024 2nd module
    0.4 * Exam + 0.3 * In-class Participation + 0.3 * Tests on compulsory literature


Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Brown, C., & Ainley, K. (2009). Understanding International Relations (Vol. Foruth edition). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1522816
  • Burchill, S., Linklater, A., & Devetak, R. (2013). Theories of International Relations (Vol. 5th ed). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1526050
  • Foot, R., Ravenhill, J., & Pekkanen, S. M. (2014). The Oxford Handbook of the International Relations of Asia. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=817325
  • Simmons, B. A., Risse-Kappen, T., & Carlsnaes, W. (2013). Handbook of International Relations. London: SAGE Publications Ltd. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=716889
  • Wallerstein, I. M. (DE-588)11862878X, (DE-627)035157690, (DE-576)163467552, aut. (2004). World-systems analysis an introduction Immanuel Wallerstein.
  • Yahuda, M. B., & Shambaugh, D. L. (2008). International Relations of Asia. Lanham, Md: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=243634

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Baylis, J. (DE-588)139834338, (DE-576)160207436. (2011). The globalization of world politics : an introduction to international relations / John Baylis; Steve Smith; Patricia Owens. Oxford [u.a.]: Oxford University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edswao&AN=edswao.335482058
  • Donnelly, J. (DE-588)136102336, (DE-576)163781990. (2000). Realism and international relations / Jack Donnelly. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edswao&AN=edswao.087345803
  • G. R. Berridge. (2022). Diplomacy : Theory and Practice (Vol. 6th ed. 2022). Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Halliday, F. (2005). The Middle East in International Relations : Power, Politics and Ideology. Cambridge University Press.
  • Holmes, A., & Rofe, J. S. (2016). Global Diplomacy : Theories, Types, and Models. Boulder, Colorado: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1196773
  • Lewis, R. D. (2006). When Cultures Collide : Leading Across Cultures 4th Edition (Vol. 3rd ed). Boston: Nicholas Brealey. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=160054
  • William A. Joseph. (2014). Politics in China : An Introduction, Second Edition: Vol. Second edition. Oxford University Press.