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ASPO 1460A - Understanding International Politics

Type d'enseignement : Lecture and tutorials

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 64

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

The primary objective of this course is to provide students with a fundamental understanding of what international politics is about and what is specific about the international scene, as opposed to the national or the local one. Basic political concepts to which students have been introduced to during previous semesters, such as “sovereignty”, ”citizen”, “state”, will hence be reconsidered from the perspective of international relations. This course will however not be centered around international political theory as most International Relations (IR) courses tend to be. Although theories offer useful frameworks of analysis – and the course will offer an overview of major authors and schools of thought – they are often too detached from historical and geographical realities, and not enough aware of the diversity of human experience, an awareness that is indispensable to grasp the complexity of the 21st century international scene. Questions such as the relevance of the territorial state as the core unit of international regulation, the limits of globalism (how “global” is globalization?), or the legitimacy of the West's lasting influence on international organizations, are increasingly challenging world politics, both as practice and knowledge. Another aim of this course is therefore to equip students with up-to-date analytical skills by reintroducing time and space as crucial components of our understanding of international politics.


  • CADALEN, Pierre-Yves (Doctorant)
  • POSTEL-VINAY, Karoline (Directeur de recherche)

Senior lecturers

  • CADALEN, Pierre-Yves (Doctorant)
  • GUYOT, Lola (PhD Sutdent)
  • MARTELLI, Jean-Thomas (PhD Student)