World Politics

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Course Description

  • Course Name

    World Politics

  • Host University

    Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

  • Location

    Madrid, Spain

  • Area of Study

    International Relations, International Studies, Political Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    World Politics
    Bachelor in International Studies
    ECTS Credits: 6.0
    Semester: 2


    - Skills related to the development of analytical and critical thinking.
    - Communication skills and writing skills in carrying out work, case studies and exams.
    - Public speaking and presentation skills.
    - Interpersonal skills such as the ability to work in teams or use of the technique of role play.
    - Understanding of the main approaches and theories of international relations.
    - Ability to link theoretical analysis with the evolution, processes, structures, problems and challenges of the contemporary global order.


    The course is divided into the following topics:
    1. Main theories and approaches to international relations
    - Classic approaches
    - Realism
    - Liberalism
    - Neo-realism and neo-liberalism
    - Marxist theories
    - Social constructivism
    - Other approaches

    2. From the international system to the globalized world
    - Evolution of international society
    - Processes of recent decades
    - Key features of the new world order

    3. The international system
    - Types of actors
    - Structure of the international system
    - Dynamics of cooperation and conflict

    4. Problems, dynamics and challenges on the international agenda
    - Crisis of world governance
    - The emergence of the BRIC countries
    - Global terrorism
    - Nuclear proliferation
    - Globalization and the international economic system
    - Environmental change and international relations
    - Power and Information society
    - Other


    Lectures given by the teacher and activities done by students who will apply the knowledge acquired and develop their skills.

    The training activities aim to involve students in the learning process. To this end, the teacher will provide basic knowledge and tools needed to strengthen their analytical ability and encourage their critical spirit.
    In this regard, the reading of selected materials, viewing of documentaries and films, and essays written by students will be fundamental. Likewise, the professor will encourage discussions on current topics, presentations and role play so that students develop their communication and interpersonal skills.

    6 ECTS credits, 150 hours approximately.

    Lectures and other activities in class: 42 hours
    Study of the subject by students: 56 hours
    Preparation of presentations and essays by students: 42 hours
    Make-up classes, office hours, hand-in of papers, etc.: 8 hours
    Exam: 2 hours

    Final grades will be computed according the following weigths:

    - Class Participation and presentations: 15%
    - Take home paper: 50%
    - In-Class Final Exam: 35%

    Final Exam must be passed to pass the course.


    Attina, F.,. El sistema político global. Introducción a las relaciones internacionales. Paidós. 2003.
    Barbé, E.,. Relaciones internacionales, 3ª ed.. Tecnos. 2007.
    Baylis, J., S. Smith y P. Owens (eds.),. The Globalization of World Politics: An Introduction to International Relations, 4ª ed.. Oxford University Press, . 2008.
    Brewer, A.,. Marxist Theories of Imperialism. A Critical Survey (Second Edition). Routledge. 1990.
    Keohane, R. O., . Poder e interdependencia: la política mundial en transición. Grupo Editor Latinoamericano. 1988.
    Mearsheimer, J.,. The Tragedy of Great Power Politics, updated ed.. W. W. Norton & Company. 2014.
    O'Neal, J. R. y B. Russett,. Triangulating Peace: Democracy, Interdependence and International Organizations. W. W. Norton & Company. 2001.
    Pearson, F. S., y J. Martin Rochester,. Relaciones internacionales. Situación global en el siglo XXI, 4ª ed.. McGraw- Interamericana . 2003.
    Peñas Esteban, F. J., . "¿Es posible una teoría de Relaciones Internacionales?". Revista Académica de Relaciones Internacionales, nº 1. 2005.
    Salomón González, M., . "La teoría de las Relaciones Internacionales en los albores del siglo XXI: diálogo, disidencia, aproximaciones". Revista CIDOB d'afers internacionals, nº 56. 2001-2002.
    Snyder, J., . "Un mundo, teorías rivales" . Foreign Policy, ed. española. diciembre 2004/enero 2005.
    Tannenwald, N.,. "The Nuclear Taboo: The United States and the Normative Basis for Nuclear Non-Use". International Organiztion. nº 53, pp. 433-468.
    Viotti, P. R. y M. V. Kauppi, . International relations theory. Longman. 2011.
    Walt, S. M., . "International Relations: One World, Many Theories". Foreign Policy, nº 110. primavera 1998, pp. 29-46.
    Waltz, K., . "El hombre, el Estado y la guerra" . Revista Académica de Relaciones Internacionales, nº 6 . 2007.


    Castells, M.,. Comunicación y poder. Alianza. 2009.
    Cox, R., . "Las fuerzas sociales, los Estados y los órdenes del Mundo. Más allá de la teoría de las relaciones internacionales" . en J. Vasquez, Relaciones internacionales. El pensamiento de los clásicos, Limusa. 1994.
    Held, D.,. La democracia y el orden global: del estado moderno al gobierno cosmopolita. Paidós. 1997.
    Ignatieff, M., . Guerra virtual: más allá de Kosovo. Paidós. 2003.
    Kagan, R.,. Poder y debilidad. Estados Unidos y Europa en el nuevo orden mundial. Taurus. 2003.
    Kaldor, M.,. Las nuevas guerras. Tusquets. 2001
    Keohane, R. O. y J. S. Nye Jr.,. "Globalization: What's New? What's Not? (and So What?)". Foreign Policy, nº 118. primavera, 2000, pp. 104-119.
    Laqueur, W., . La guerra sin fin: el terrorismo en el siglo XXI . Destino. 2003.
    Mariscal, N., . Teorías políticas de la integración europea. Tecnos. 2003.
    Morillas i Bassedas, P., . "Génesis y evolución de la expresión de la seguridad humana: un repaso histórico". Revista CIDOB d'afers internacionals, nº 76. 2007.
    Nye, J. S.,. La paradoja del poder americano. Taurus. 2003.
    Nye, J., . "Prefacio y Capítulo 5 "El poder blando y la política exterior americana". Revista Académica de Relaciones Internacionales, nº 14. 2010.
    Ruiz-Giménez Arrieta, I., . La historia de la intervención humanitaria: el imperialismo altruista. Los libros de la Catarata. 2005.

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Please note that there are no beginning level Spanish courses offered in this program.

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