This course examines the main issues of the discipline of global politics and their interdependence: theories, international relations, foreign policy, power, hegemony, war, peace, human rights, minority rights, humanitarian intervention, security, international organizations, governance and globalization.
The course seeks to be genuinely global while not ignoring the international dimension of world affairs. The course deals with not just politics at the global level but with politics at, and, crucially, across all levels – the worldwide, the regional, the national and the subnational.
The course will suggest rethinking the traditional understanding of nation state and international relations at the time of globalization as challenge and historical novelty in global politics.
The interconnectedness that such a global approach to politics implies brought challenges how the course topics and issues are organized and presented. The course will answer the following main questions:
– What is meant by “global politics”?
– How has international politics been transformed into global politics?
– What have been the implications of globalization for world politics?
– How do mainstream approaches to global politics differ from critical approaches?
– How has global politics changed in recent years in relation to the issues of power, security and justice?
The aims of the course:
1. The crucial aim of the course is to provide updated, integrated and forward-looking introduction to the studies of global politics focussing on theoretical background, international relations, global governance and global security issues.
2. To provide theoretical knowledge and skills for students to understand, investigate and critically evaluate complexities of statecraft, foreign affairs and crossdimentional interconnections between the national states at the time of globalization.
3. To provide knowledge of the main concepts, terminology, global actors, featured thinkers and scientific debates in the discipline of global politics.
4. To teach contemporary research methods in the discipline of global politics.
5. To train necessary skills of the students to investigate the main research topics and problems in the discipline of global politics.
6. To teach students how to critically evaluate and discuss scientific literature on the global politics.
Course instructor: Prof. Dr. Vladislav B. Sotirovic, MRU, Institute of Political SciencesPhoto by GuySie