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BAFF 1690A - Domestic Polictics and the use of force in international relations.

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

This course aims to explore the relationship between strategic issues and domestic politics. It will introduce students to the fundamental notions of International Relations, all of which are useful to understanding why states resort to military force, how war is conducted, and how domestic politics influence these processes. Each chapter is dedicated to the study of one highly debated strategic issue within the discipline of International Relations. The concepts and theories involved will not only be defined and explained, but also assessed through their empirical relevance.


BARANETS, Elie (Doctorant - Sciences Politiques)

Pedagogical format

Each session is dedicated to a highly debated issue in International Relations regarding the relation between domestic and international politics. Students' oral presentations will be followed by a discussion, and by the teacher's lesson.

Course validation

25 % Short individual oral presentation; 25 % Group research paper (3-4 students); 50 % Final exam (1 hour). This does not take into account the adjustment of the final grade (+/- 2 pts.) depending on each student's behaviour and involvement in the discussions.


Students are expected to read at least one article per session

Required reading

Baylis, J., Smith, S., & Owens, P. 2011. The globalization of world politics: An introduction to international relations. Oxford: Oxford University Press, Chapter 5, “Realism” by Time Dunne and Brian C. Schmidt, p. 84-99; Chapter 6: “Liberalism” by Tim Dunne, pp. 100-114

Additional required reading

  • Reus-Smit, C., & Snidal, D. 2008. The Oxford handbook of international relations. Oxford: Oxford University Press, Chapter 7 “Realism” by William C. Wohlforth, pp. 131-149, and Chapter 17 “Constructivism” by Ian Hurd, pp. 298-316
  • Doyle M. W., 1997. Ways of War and Peace: Realism, Liberalism, and Socialism. New York: W.W. Norton, Chapter 8: Internationalism: Kant, pp. 251-300
  • Russett B. 1993. Why Democratic Peace? In: M.E. Brown, S.M. Lynn-Jones, and S.E. Miller, eds. 1996. Debating The Democratic Peace. Cambridge: MIT Press, pp.82-115
  • Risse-Kappen T. 1995. Democratic peace – warlike democracies? A social constructivist interpretation of the liberal argument. European Journal of International Relations, 1, 4, 491-517