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School of Economics and Political Science
Course unit
EPP3050083, A.A. 2018/19

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2018/19

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
EP1980, Degree course structure A.Y. 2013/14, A.Y. 2018/19
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Department of reference Department of Political Science, Law, and International Studies
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Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit CANNOT be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit is available ONLY for students enrolled in HUMAN RIGHTS AND MULTI-LEVEL GOVERNANCE

Teacher in charge LORENZO MECHI SPS/06

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses SPS/06 History of International Relations 6.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

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

Start of activities 25/02/2019
End of activities 14/06/2019
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2013 course timetable

Examination board
Examination board not defined

Prerequisites: A basic knowledge of the European history after the Congress of Vienna and of 20th century history of international relations is required
Target skills and knowledge: The course will give the students:
- a good knowledge of the evolution of the major experiences of international cooperation from 19th century until today;
- the ability of adequately frame those events in the wider context of the international system during the same period;
- an improved ability to interpret current international politics through the observation of past events and dynamics.
Examination methods: The final exam will consist of a written test. Students will have to answer two or three open questions on the topics covered during the course. The questions will be of a broad nature, in order to encourage students to quickly synthesize and identify the major features of the issues they are asked to describe.
Assessment criteria: Students will be evaluated on the basis of their knowledge and their ability to synthesize the basic features of the evolution of the mechanisms and organizations of multilateral cooperation.
Course unit contents: The course will treat the following topics:
1) cooperation and security in 19th century Europe: the Age of Congresses and the “concert of Europe”;
2) the “first globalisation” and its consequences: transnational political movements, public international unions, juridical cooperation, the "Hague system";
3) Paris peace conference and the League of Nations system;
4) the rise and fall of “collective security”: the political action of the League in the inter-war years;
5) successes and limits of international socio-economic cooperation during the 1920s and 1930s: the ILO, the economic commissions of the League of Nations, other experiences of economic cooperation;
6) the "international" perspectives during WWII and the creation of the United Nations;
7) the UN system, the specialised agencies and the Bretton Woods organisations;
8) the UN and security issues in the cold war years;
9) the impact of decolonisation and the new focus on development issues;
10) the international economic organisation from the “golden age” to the “second globalisation”;
11) hints on the evolution and problems of the UN system after the cold war.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course is made of frontal lectures. The teacher will constantly try to stimulate the interaction and active participation of the students, by encouraging questions and observations on the topics dealt with during the lessons.
Students (or only a part of them, depending on their number), on a voluntary basis, may organise in small working groups to study in depth specific bodies or experiences of international cooperation. In this case, the last lessons will be devoted to presenting and discussing the work of the groups.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Students must study the suggested textbook (alternative textbooks may be agreed upon with the teacher). Attending lectures is, however, strongly recommended.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Bob Reinalda, Routledge history of international organizations: from 1815 to the present day. London and New York: Routledge, 2009. Only chapters 2-3 (p. 17-33), 7 (p. 65-82), 11 (p. 120-135) and 15-41 (p. 177-694) Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Case study
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Working in group

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