Translation of the Swedish course syllabus 
 
International Relations A, 30 credits
(Internationella relationer A, 30 högskolepoäng)
 
Course code: 1109ST
Subject area: Political Science
Main field of study: International Relations
Academic school: School of Social Sciences
Disciplinary domain: Social Sciences 100%
Grading scale: AF
Education cycle: First-cycle (Bachelor)
Course level: A (introductory)
Progressive specialisation: G1N (First cycle. Entry requirements: completed upper secondary education)
Language of instruction: English
Valid from: HT 2018 (autumn semester)


1. Validation

This course syllabus was validated by the Faculty Board for Social Sciences at Södertörn University on 2018-04-24 according to the stipulations in the Higher Education Ordinance.

2. Entry requirements

General entry requirements and English B (intermediate level), Social Sciences A (basic level) (Specific entry requirements 6).
Or
General entry requirements and basic level social sciences (equivalent of Swedish course Social Sciences 1b / 1a1+1a2) (Specific entry requirements A6).

3. Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student is able to

Knowledge and understanding

• Offer an overview of theories of international politics, conflict and co-operation.
• Describe the traditional theories used in the study of international relations and the criticisms levelled against them from, among others, constructivist, feminist, poststructuralist and postcolonial perspectives.
• Describe and reflect on the origins and design of international institutions, how they have changed, and their effects on co-operation between states.
• Outline the main features of research into the causes of armed conflict and the conditions for peace.
• Outline the prerequisites for and consequences of international co-operation and international or supranational integration.
• Describe the dominant perspectives on the relationship between nationalism and globalisation.

Skills and abilities

• Reflect on and problematise the conditions for international co-operation.
• Identify and reflect on theoretical and ideological perspectives in academic literature and political debate about international relations.
• At a basic level, analyse problems in international relations.
• Take part in discussions about empirical and normative issues in international relations.
• Describe and reflect on how international co-operation and globalisation impacts on democracy.

Judgement and approach

• Apply a scientific approach to the analysis of central problems in international relations.
• Distinguish between and critically evaluate empirical and normative perspectives on international relations.
• Critically evaluate the basic literature on international relations.
• Critically evaluate ethical and gender-related aspects of international relations.

4. Course content, modules and examinations

The course is divided into four modules and introduces the student to the study of international relations from a social sciences perspective.

  • Theories of International Politics, 7,5 credits
    (Teorier om internationell politik, 7.5 högskolepoäng)
    The aim of this module is to provide an introduction to international politics as an academic sub-discipline and area of expertise. It presents prominent theoretical perspectives on the international system’s structure and processes, as well as different types of international relations. The most important aspects of the twentieth century’s great military conflicts, movements towards co-operation and development, and contemporary tendencies that influence changes in the international system, are also discussed.


  • 1001, Theories of International Politics: Seminars, 1,5 credits
    (Teorier om internationell politik, seminarier, 1.5 högskolepoäng)
    Grades permitted: U/G

    1002, Theories of International Politics: Exam, 6 credits
    (Teorier om internationell politik, tentamen, 6 högskolepoäng)
    Grades permitted: A/B/C/D/E/F
  • The Causes of War and the Prerequisites for Peace, 7,5 credits
    (Krigets orsaker och fredens förutsättningar, 7.5 högskolepoäng)
    War and conflict are constantly recurring phenomena in the international system. This module discusses the character of war, how war has changed over time, and different aspects of conflict management (peace keeping, preventive diplomacy, peacemaking efforts, etc.), as appertain to both civil wars and wars between nations. The formation of concepts about such problem areas as war, conflict, peace and security are focused on. The course also deals with problematic areas such as terrorism, the spread of weapons of mass destruction, and what are termed humanitarian interventions.


  • 1003, The Causes of War and the Prerequisites for Peace: Seminars, 1,5 credits
    (Krigets orsaker och fredens förutsättningar, seminarier, 1.5 högskolepoäng)
    Grades permitted: U/G

    1004, Causes of War and Prerequisites for Peace: Exam, 6 credits
    (Krigets orsaker och fredens förutsättningar, tentamen, 6 högskolepoäng)
    Grades permitted: A/B/C/D/E/F
  • Cooperation and Integration in Theory and Practice, 7,5 credits
    (Samarbete och integration i teori och praktik, 7.5 högskolepoäng)
    States are, today, linked together through institutionalised cooperation in areas such as security, economics, the environment and human rights. The main driving force behind international cooperation, and the main stimulus towards cooperative problem-solving, are states’ increasing interdependence. International cooperation is, however, far from unproblematic. Competing interests and questions of national sovereignty lead states to renounce cooperation. This module focuses on the prerequisites for international cooperation. One important theme is the emergence and design of international institutions: how they change over time and their effects on international cooperation. The institutional structure of international organisations such as the UN and various non-state organisations (NGOs) are also discussed. Finally, the course emphasises the basic motivation behind and the dynamics of European integration, and presents the most important theories concerning the EU’s driving forces.


  • 1005, Cooperation and Integration in Theory and Practice: Seminars, 1,5 credits
    (Samarbete och integration i teori och praktik, seminarier, 1.5 högskolepoäng)
    Grades permitted: U/G

    1006, Cooperation and Integration in Theory and Practice: Exam, 6 credits
    (Samarbete och integration i teori och praktik, tentamen, 6 högskolepoäng)
    Grades permitted: A/B/C/D/E/F
  • Nationalism in an Era of Globalisation, 7,5 credits
    (Nationalism i globaliseringens tidevarv, 7.5 högskolepoäng)
    What happens to nationalist mobilisation during an era of growing globalisation and the on-going dissolution of borders and distances? This course looks at the circumstances under which nationalism is strengthened or weakened when meeting the forces of globalisation. The question of how globalisation affects democracy, whether it weakens democracy or creates opportunities for both established (national) and new (transnational) forms of democratic systems is also asked. The links and disharmonies between nationalism and democracy are highlighted partly through different theoretical perspectives, and partly through a series of empirical case studies.


  • 1007, Nationalism in an Era of Globalisation: Seminars, 1,5 credits
    (Nationalism i globaliseringens tidevarv, seminarier, 1.5 högskolepoäng)
    Grades permitted: U/G

    1008, Nationalism in an Era of Globalisation: Exam, 6 credits
    (Nationalism i globaliseringens tidevarv, tentamen, 6 högskolepoäng)
    Grades permitted: A/B/C/D/E/F

5. Course design

The course is based on lectures and seminars.

6. Examination format

Theories of International Politics:
Mandatory seminars, written tests and assignments.

Causes of War and Prerequisites for Peace:
Mandatory seminars, written tests and assignments.

Cooperation and Integration in Theory and Practice:
Mandatory seminars, written tests and assignments.

Nationalism in an Era of Globalisation:
Mandatory seminars, written tests and assignments.
 The grading criteria are distributed prior to the start of a course or module.

If a student has a certificate for compensatory support from Södertörn University, the examiner may decide on an adapted examination or alternative examination form in accordance with Södertörn University's regulations.

7. Reading list

If there are changes in the reading list between semesters, a new list for the next semester is to be validated no later than July 15 and December 15 respectively.
 
Valid from Valid to Decision date Decision board
HT 2019VT 20202019-05-22Ämnesrådet för Statsvetenskap
HT 20202020-05-06Ämnesrådet för statsvetenskap

8. Restrictions on accreditation

The course may not be accredited as part of a degree if the contents are partly or wholly the same as a course previously taken in Sweden or elsewhere.

9. Other stipulations
Following the Vice-Chancellors decision on internationalization and grade scale at Södertörn University College (dnr: 1148-1.1.2-2018), this syllabus replaces the syllabus with course code 1097ST, with the difference that the grade system has been updated. The syllabus is determined through special order (dnr: 1773-2.1.1-2018).