Course syllabus MEVZ - International Relations (FRDIS - WS 2014/2015)

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Course code: MEVZ
Course title in language of instruction: Mezinárodní vztahy
Course title in Czech: International Relations
Course title in English: International Relations
Mode of completion and number of credits: Exam (6 credits)
(1 ECTS credit = 28 hours of workload)
Mode of delivery/Timetabled classes: full-time, 2/2 (hours of lectures per week / hours of seminars per week)
Language of instruction: Czech
Level of course: bachelor
Semester: WS 2014/2015
Name of lecturer: Ing. Samuel Antwi Darkwah, Ph.D. (supervisor)
Mgr. Eva Taterová, MA, Ph.D. (examiner, instructor, lecturer, tutor)
Prerequisites: not International Relations in English
Aims of the course:
The course approaching to students the field of international relations in a number of perspectives. The subject will be devoted to the history of international relations (IR), present and future of IR and various theoretical approaches to IR. Part will be devoted to the concept of Samuel P. Huntington (The Clash of Civilizations) and F. Fukuyama (The End of History and the Last Man). Partly the course introduces and explains the basic concepts commonly used in IR field. Lectures will be divided into several circuits of topics. Exercises are geared toward international institutions, international regimes and new trends in international relations (new regionalization, NGOs, integration processes ...).
Course contents:
1.History of international relations (IR) (allowance 2/2)
2.Basic concepts of IR (politics, international politics, collective security, international system, globalization, interdependence, state, nation, power, war, conflict, terrorism etc.) (allowance 2/2)
3.Development of the system of international relations and its reflection in the course of 20th century (allowance 2/2)
4.Actors in international politics (nation state, international organizations, NGOs) (allowance 2/2)
5.Basic theories of IR (realism, liberalism, idealism, scientism, Marxism) (allowance 2/2)
6.Foreign policy (national interests and their promotion) (allowance 2/2)
7.Power and security in international environment (allowance 2/2)
8.Conflicts in IR, conflict management (allowance 2/2)
9.Cold War, IR after 1945 (allowance 2/2)
10.IR after 1990 (allowance 2/2)
11.Contemporary debates in IR (positivism, neorealism, neoliberalism, liberal constructivism) (allowance 2/2)
12.International political economy (allowance 2/2)
Learning outcomes and competences:
Generic competences:
-Ability to apply knowledge
-Ability to understand foreign cultures and customes
-Ability to work in international context
-Capacity to adapt to new situations
-General knowledge

Specific competences:
-Ability to identify, describe and analyse the influences of international development on regional issues
-Ability to understand current international political situation within Central Europe, EU and globally

Type of course unit: required
Year of study: Not applicable - the subject could be chosen at anytime during the course of the programme.
Work placement: There is no compulsory work placement in the course unit.
Recommended study modules: -
Learning activities and study load (hours of study load):
Type of teaching methodDaily attendance
Direct teaching
     lecture28 h
     practice14 h
     seminar12 h
     public presentation (oral)2 h
     preparation for exam55 h
     preparation for regular assessment30 h
     preparation of presentation27 h
Total168 h
Assessment methods:
The course will end with a written exam, which will consist of 10 open-ended questions (for exam must be correctly 60%). The test will be based on the required readings. The condition for passing the test will be active participation in the exercise, ie performance in seminar exercises. Seminar performance will be given brief summary of the nature of the topic (organization, problem, etc.). Topics will be awarded to the first exercise.
Recommended reading:
TypeAuthorTitlePublished inPublisherYearISBN
RQDRULÁK, P. et al.Jak zkoumat politiku: kvalitativní metodologie v politologii a mezinárodních vztazíchPrahaPortál2008978-80-7367-385-7
RQDRULÁK, P.Teorie mezinárodních vztahůPrahaPortál200380-7178-725-6
RQWAISOVÁ, Š.Úvod do studia mezinárodních vztahůPlzeňVydavatelství a nakladatelství Aleš Čeněk200580-86898-33-4
RQKREJČÍ, O.Český národní zájem a geopolitikaPrahaUniverse199380-901506-2-4
RQPLECHANOVOVÁ, B.Úvod do mezinárodních vztahůPrahaInstitut pro středoevropskou kulturu a politiku200380-86130-22-3
RQFIDLER, J. -- PLECHANOVOVÁ, B.Kapitoly z dějin mezinárodních vztahů 1941 - 1995PrahaInstitut pro středoevropskou kulturu a politiku199780-85241-79-X
REWAISOVÁ, Š. et al.Atlas mezinárodních vztahů: prostor a politika po skončení studené válkyPlzeňVydavatelství a nakladatelství Aleš Čeněk2007978-80-7380-015-4
REEncyklopedie mezinárodních vztahůPrahaPortál2009978-80-7367-469-4
REPŠEJA, P.Přehled teorií mezinárodních vztahůBrnoMezinárodní politologický ústav200580-210-3837-3


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