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School of Economics and Political Science
EUROPEAN STUDIES
Course unit
POLITICAL THEORY
EPP3050842, A.A. 2018/19

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2017/18

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
STUDI EUROPEI
SP1866, Degree course structure A.Y. 2013/14, A.Y. 2018/19
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Degree course track CULTURA POLITICA NELLA SOCIETÀ GLOBALE [003PD]
Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination POLITICAL THEORY
Department of reference Department of Political Science, Law, and International Studies
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Branch PADOVA
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Lecturers
Teacher in charge STEVEN JOSEPH COLATRELLA

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Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge Degree course code
SPO2042404 INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL THEORY STEVEN JOSEPH COLATRELLA SP1426

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses SPS/04 Polticial Science 6.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
hours
Hours of
Individual study
Shifts
Lecture 6.0 45 105.0 No turn

Calendar
Start of activities 01/10/2018
End of activities 18/01/2019
Show course schedule 2018/19 Reg.2013 course timetable

Examination board
Examination board not defined

Syllabus
Prerequisites: The student is assumed to have a basic knowledge of the principal concepts of political science.
Target skills and knowledge: By the end of the course, students will have acquired a knowledge of the fundamental concepts of international political theory, of the theories of international relations, and of the most important themes involved in the field. They will know how to identify the principal theoretical schools in the central debates on international issues, and will be familiar with the most important theorists, both classical and contemporary, in the field. Students will have acquired the ability to do research on the theoretical problems and pratices of international politics, and of the most important sources for studying world politics and the issues involved; they will know the most important and useful sources for doing research, and will write a paper on a subject of their own choice, approved by the professor, and gain practice in presenting their research and ideas to others.
Examination methods: Class attendance, though not obligatory, is highly encouraged. The exam for students who attend class regularly: a research paper on a subject relevant to the course material, chosen by the student and approved by the professor, of approximately 3,000 words (or 10 pages, double-spaced, with a 12 point font), using a minimum of 5 citations of academic works (together with other sources as required), and a presentation of the research paper to the class. The paper must include an argument, a discussion of several points of view or theoretical approaches to the question discussed, and must be linked to the themes studied during class sessions. More specific information will be provided during a class session early in the course semester.

For students who do not attend class regularly:a research paper on a subject relevant to the course material, chosen by the student and approved by the professor, of approximately 3,000 words (or 10 pages, double-spaced, with a 12 point font), using a minimum of 8 citations of academic works (together with other sources as required), and a presentation of the research paper to the class. The paper must include an argument, a discussion of several points of view or theoretical approaches to the question discussed, and must be linked to the themes studied during class sessions; in addition non- attending students will take an exam of four questions on the bibliography for the course indicated below for non-attending students.
Assessment criteria: Criteria for evaluation: for attending students, evaluation shall have two components: 1) ability to formulate arguments, the qualilty of research and the depth of analysis demonstrated in the paper; 2) the ability of the students to understand the theories, problems, different levels of analysis and the forms of order, and national and international institutions studied in the course, as expressed in both written form and orally during class participation in the class discussions and in the presentation of the students' research to the class at the end of the course.

For non-attending students: for attending students, evaluation shall have two components: 1) ability to formulate arguments, the qualilty of research and the depth of analysis demonstrated in the paper; 2) the ability of the students to understand the theories, problems, different levels of analysis and the forms of order, and national and international institutions studied in the course, as expressed in written form in the paper and in the exam on the bibliographical works indicated for non-attending students.
Course unit contents: Contents
General Section: The various theoretical schools and debates on international relations; the fundamental concepts of analysis of international politics; the different historical forms of international political order and their subjects, agents, institutions and methods; the most important world events in influencing the intellectual development of international political theory and particular theories.
Thematic part
Using the works and thinking of Giovanni Arrighi as a starting point, we will address the issues:
Can globalization transcend world order based on national sovereignty and the centrality of national states?
Has the hegemony of the United States arrived at its sunset? If so, what are the candidates to replace it?
Is the era of dominance or centrality of the West ending today?
The danger of major or world war between the great powers (USA, Russia, China, NATO, India, Japan, etc.) has returned recently? If so, why?
What are the risks, dangers, opportunities, hopes and fears for peace, war, ecological disaster, economic collapse and chaos in the world system?
Are there any alternatives to capitalist neoliberalism at the international level?
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Expected learning activities and teaching methodologies: both traditional lecture and practical seminar with the participation of students in class discussions.

The course is organized in two parts. In the general part, we will address the following topics:

Specific contents:

I. The construction of theories of international politics
II. The main theoretical schools
III. Liberalism, idealism and peace
IV. Classic realism
V. Neo-realism
YOU. Internationalist liberalism
VII. Marxism, Dependency Theory, and World Systems Theory
VIII. Anarchy and order - an international society?
IX. Anarchic order or systemic chaos?
X. State decline? Other actors - business, markets, finance
XI. The Balance of Power and theories of great powers
XII. Institutions and international cooperation
XIII. Neoliberalism and neoconservatism
XIV. The cultural question - international relations as a Western field and the growth and return of Asia
XV. Constructivism and social theories and gender theories
XVI. Democratic peace? The new international liberalism?
XVII. The causes of conflict and wars in today's world
XVIII. Theories of international political economy and globalization
XIX. The end of globalization and the return of nationalism

A list of reference texts for specific lessons will be available from the professor.

In the thematic part, we will examine in depth the issues of the end of American hegemony, global governance and prospects for the future. Starting point will be the work of Giovanni Arrighi. The teacher will refer to the following texts:

Giovanni Arrighi, The long twentieth century
Giovanni Arrighi, Adam Smith in Beijing
Giovanni Arrighi and Beverly Silver, Chaos and Government in the world
Beverly Silver, Labor force
Immanual Wallerstein, Terence Hopkins, Giovanni Arrighi and Etienne Balibar, Anti-Systemic Movements
Vijay Prashad, The Darker Nations
Vijay Prashad The Poorer Nations
Minqi Li, The Rise of China and the Demise of the World Capitalist System
Martin Jacques, When China Rules the World
Steven Colatrella, "Global Governance and Revolution in the 21st Century" New Politics Summer 2001
Steven Colatrella, "In Our Hands is Placed at Power: Austerity, Worldwide Strike Wave, and the Crisis of Global Governance" Socialism and Democracy Nov. 2011
Additional notes about suggested reading: Recommended Texts: (Not Required):


Perry Anderson, The New Old World. London: Verso, 2011.

Perry Anderson, American Foreign Policy and Its Thinkers. London: Verso, 2017.

Filippo Andreatta (a cura di),, Le grandi opere delle relazioni internazionali. Bologna: Il Mulino, 2011.

Robert Cooper, La fine delle nazioni: ordine e caos nel 21esimo secolo. Torino: Landau, 2004

Mark Leonard, Why Europe Will Run the 21st Century. London: Fourth Estate, 2005.

Thomas Frank, Listen, Liberal. London:Scribe, 2016.

John Gillingham, The EU: An Obituary. London: Verso, 2018.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Giovanni Arrighi, Il Lungo Ventesimo Secolo/The Long Twentieth Century. Milano /London and New York: Il Saggiatore/ English version: Verso (1994), 2014. Students may read this book in either Italian or in English/ Gli studenti possono leggerlo in Italiano oppure in Inglese Cerca nel catalogo
  • Yanis Varoufakis, Adulti nella stanza: la mia battaglia contro l'establishment dell'Europa/Adults In The Room: My Battle With Europe’s Deep Establishment. Milano/London and New York: La Nave di Teseo/Vintage, 2018. Gli studenti possono leggerlo in Italiano oppure in Inglese/ Students may read this book in either Italian or in English Cerca nel catalogo
  • John Judis, The Nationalist Revival: Trade, Immigration and the Revolt against Globalization. --: Columbia Global Reports, 2018. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Perry Anderson, American Foreign Policy and Its Thinkers. London and New York: Verso, 2017. OBBLIGATORIO SOLTANTO PER I NON-FREQUENTANTI - ONLY REQUIRED FOR NON-ATTENDING STUDENTS Cerca nel catalogo
  • Filippo Andreatta, a cura di, Le grandi opere di relazioni internazionali. Bologna: Il Mulino, 2011. OBBLIGATORIO SOLTANTO PER I NON-FREQUENTANTI - ONLY REQUIRED FOR NON-ATTENDING STUDENTS Cerca nel catalogo

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  • Lecturing
  • Problem based learning
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Questioning
  • Peer feedback

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)

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