2SM442 - Globalized International Relations
Taught by: Prof. Vendulka Kubálková (University of Miami)
“Globalization involves reductions in barriers to transworld, transplanetary contacts. People become more able – physically, legally, culturally, and psychologically – to engage with each other in “one world”. The implications of these processes are controversial: is globalization an integration of economic, political and cultural systems across the globe? Americanization and U.S. dominance of world affairs? A force for economic growth, prosperity, and democratic freedom? A force for environmental devastation, exploitation of the developing world, and suppression of human rights?
Globalization brings the spread of transplanetary – and in recent times more particularly supraterritorial – connections between people. And yet this new global space seems dangerously unmanageable: unsettled, diffuse, and chaotic with all of the traditional methods of statecraft, diplomacy, and even war, feeble. So too the “foundational approaches” in the Western study of International Relations need critical evaluation. New approaches draw not only on political science, economics, and international law but add insights of sociology, social theory, anthropology, social geography, cognitive studies, religious studies, philosophy and theology, not excluding different worldviews.
Using videos specifically prepared for IR classes, this intensive survey course starts from a condensed overview of the traditional Western studies of IR to proceed to sketching an inclusive pluralistic vision of inquiry in the field of IR.”
2SM641 - Concepts, Themes and Contemporary Realities of International Migration
Taught by: Dr. Joseph Costanzo (University of Geneva)
“The course introduces students to key concepts and methods, theories and contemporary issues of international migration. The overriding theme of ‘mobility and displacement’ drives the week’s lectures, discussions and activities into understanding the size, characteristics, impact, people and processes of migration.”
2SM642 - Geopolitics of Energy in the 21st Century
Taught by: Lenka Kovacovska (FIR alumnus)
“The course aims at providing students with understanding of key paradigms of current geopolitics of energy, from the viewpoint of different actors (producers, transit countries, consumers, specialised international organisations). Global and regional chessboards are introduced for individual energy commodities, both for the traditional ones (oil, gas, coal, nuclear) and new ones (renewables and energy efficiency), including their cross-sectoral interference. In particular, the implications of new technologies, energy policy paradigms (including implications of the recent fight against climate change) and new trade patterns will be extensively discussed with students.”