2822.19 - International Politics

Course number
International Politics
The student must have completed the basic course (first two years) at the Department for History and Social Sciences, or have similar competencies.
The purpose is to give the student an insight into the basic concepts and theories regarding international politics and, based on this, to develop the student's competence to independently analyse topics in international politics.
One thing that characterises international politics is that there is no single supreme authority governing the relationship between nations. As a result, international politics is fundamentally different from national politics. If there is no supreme authority, how do countries organise their international relations? The issue is explored through both overview literature and selected primary texts -- both classical and modern theories are examined (e.g. Realism, Institutionalism, Constructivism). The topics that will be examined are, among others: (A) anarchy and international relations, (B) power and international politics, (C) security policy, and (D) Faroe Islands and the Arctic.
Learning and teaching approaches
The course (30 hours in total), is composed of the teacher's lectures, guest lecturers, and active student participation.
Learning outcomes
The students shall: • Master the basic concepts of international politics. • Be able to relate current international political issues to a wider theoretical context. Be able to analyse current issues in international politics and relations based on the theories and concepts the student has learned.
Assessment method
Oral examination based on a written essay (between 4.000-5.000 words). The topic is chosen in consultation with the teacher.
Marking scale
Approximately 1000 pages.
Jens Chr. Svabo Justinussen