HISTORY OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

Anno accademico 2016/2017 Programmi anni precedenti
Titolo corso in inglese HISTORY OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
Codice insegnamento LM3140 (AF:239273 AR:126670)
Modalità
Crediti formativi universitari 6
Livello laurea Laurea magistrale (DM270)
Settore scientifico disciplinare SPS/06
Periodo I Semestre
Anno corso 1
Obiettivi Formativi
The course aims at providing students with an in-depth knowledge of the international political economy since the 1970s. It will focus on the concepts of hegemony and dominance in the international system, and on the interactions between U.S. financial and military power in the making of the present world (dis-)order. It will deal with issues such as the end of Bretton Woods, the rise of international finance, the "debt crisis" of the 1980s, and the more recent "global financial crisis".

At the end of the course, students will be able to:
a) manage confidently the history of the international political economy from the 1970s to the present, including issues such as international debt "crises", the evolution of the monetary system, and the relationship between these and major diplomatic and military events of the period;
b) display a confident knowledge of the most updated literature on the subject, including the ability to critically compare diverging views and approaches;
c) read and interpret original diplomatic documents, and to make use of such ability in the preparation of their own research projects;
d) communicate their work and research in English and taking part in a global debate about these topics. Please note: the course is tought entirely in English;
e) consolidate their competence in the field of international history in an autonomous and self-organized manner.
Prerequisiti
The course has no formal prerequisites. As an advanced course in history of international relations, however, it de facto needs a sound knowledge of basic facts and processes of the international history of the 20th century. It is assumed that the student who takes the exam of History of International Relations has already studied carefully at least one of the following widely adopted textbooks:

Ennio Di Nolfo, Storia delle relazioni internazionali, Laterza, 2008 (or later editions)
Ennio Di Nolfo, Dagli imperi militari agli imperi tecnologici, Laterza, 2007 (or later editions)
Antonio Varsori, Storia Internazionale, Il Mulino, 2014
Anthony Best et al., Storia delle relazioni internazionali, UTET, 2013
William Keylor, "A world of nations", Oxford University Press, 2009 (or later editions)
Anthony Best et. al, International History, Routledge, 2008 (or later editions)


Contenuti
The course will focus on the concept of hegemony in the international system, and on the interactions between U.S. financial and military power in the making of the present world (dis-)order. It will deal with issues such as the end of Bretton Woods, the role of oil in the international system, the rise of international finance, the "debt crisis" of the 1980s, and the more recent "global financial crisis".
Testi di riferimento
Students who regularly attend the class can prepare the exam on a list of selected excerpts from the following readings (the detailed list can be downloaded from the professor's announcement page and from the ISA materials of the course, or asked directly to the professor):

Barry Eichengreen, "Exorbitant privilege", 2011
John Ikenberry, "After Victory", 2001
Charles Maier, "Among Empires", 2007
Giovanni Arrighi, "The Long 20th Century", 1994
Eric Helleiner, "States and the Reemergence of Global Finance", 1994
Daniel Sargent, "A superpower transformed", 2014
Philip Golub, "Power, profit and prestige", 2010
Peter Gowan, "The Global Gamble", 1999
Duccio Basosi, "The transatlantic relationship and the end of Bretton Woods", 2011
Daniel Sargent, "The US and globalization in the 1970s", 2010
David Spiro, "The hidden hand of American hegemony", 1999
Piers Ludlow, "The real years of Europe?", 2013
Stephen Kotkin, "The Kiss of Debt", 2010
James Boughton, "Silent Revolution", 2001
David Calleo, "Follies of Power", 2009
Vijay Prashad, "The Darker Nations", 2007
Duccio Basosi, "A missing cold war?", 2011
John Williamson, "What washington means by policy reform", 1990
William Cline, "International debt reexamined", 1995
Robert Wood, "From Marshall Plan to Debt Crisis", 1986


Please note: students who do not attend the class regularly, can add the following volume to the list:

Duccio Basosi, "Finanza e petrolio", 2012

Modalità di esame
scritto e orale
Modalità di verifica dell'apprendimento
The written exam is a short essay on a topic provided by the teacher, among those treated in class. It aims at verifying the students' critical understanding of the basic questions raised by the course. The written exam is "open notes, open books", that is students may consult their study material and refer to it (provided that they cite it appropriately). It has a duration of three hours. The oral exam is a discussion of the written, plus other questions on the program. The oral exam has to be taken in the same session as the written exam.
Metodi didattici
Frontal lectures, with slides and use of multimedia material. The slides will be made available by the teacher in the ISA materials of the course, before the end of the course. Questions and debates in class are extremely welcome.
Lingua di insegnamento
Inglese
Altro
The written exam is a short essay on a topic provided by the teacher, among those treated in class. It aims at verifying the students' critical understanding of the basic questions raised by the course. The exam is "open notes, open books", that is students may consult their study material and refer to it (provided that they cite it appropriately). It has a duration of three hours. The oral exam is a discussion of the written, plus other questions on the program. The oral exam has to be taken in the same session as the written exam.
Sostenibilità
  • Dispense e materiali di approfondimento e di autovalutazione disponibili online; testi di riferimento in formato e-book
  • Utilizzo strumenti open-source