Teaching plan for the course unit

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General information


Course unit name: International Politics

Course unit code: 362543

Academic year: 2021-2022

Coordinator: Sonia Andolz Rodriguez

Department: Department of Political Science, Constitutional Law and Philosophy of Law

Credits: 6

Single program: S



Estimated learning time

Total number of hours 150


Face-to-face and/or online activities



-  Lecture with practical component




Supervised project


Independent learning




Teaching blocks


1. The global political system as the cradle of the notion of "international politics"


 1.1. The notion of "political system" and its application in the idea of a global political system

1.2. Types of actors: states and supra- and sub-state actors. Transnational actors.

1.3. How the global political system works: the relationship between actors. Interdependence, cooperation and integration.

 1.4. Regional dynamics: the idea of global transition

2. The empirical principles underlying today’s global political system

*  2.1. The system in perspective: an analysis of its stages to 1945

2.2. Consequences of the Second World War. Reorganising the system in Europe and at a global scale. The role of the United Nations.

2.3. Decolonisation and the proliferation of new states

2.4. Stages in the bipolar system of power and the Cold War. Consequences for the system as a whole.

3. Towards a new global political system: the world today

*  3.1. The crisis of the Soviet Bloc. The collapse of the USSR and the Balkan Wars. The end of the Cold War.

3.2. Reassembling the global political system after 1989

3.3. 9/11 and the new paradigm of global security. Consequences.

3.4. Globalisation and governance. Trends towards order and disorder. Transnational dynamics.

3.4.1. The environment in the international agenda: from the United Nations Environment Programme to COP21

3.4.2. Women, gender equality and the gender perspective in the international agenda: the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) and gender equality as Global Goal 5 of the UN General Assembly’s Sustainable Development Goals