Cerca insegnamenti o docenti



Geopolitics of the Contemporary International System - programma
Geopolitics of the Contemporary International System - programma

Stampa questa pagina

ALESSANDRO COLOMBO , responsabile dell'insegnamento

Corso di laurea in RELAZIONI INTERNAZIONALI (REL) Immatricolati fino all'a.a. 2017/18 - Laurea Magistrale - INTERNATIONAL POLITICS AND REGIONAL DYNAMICS - 2018/2019

Insegnamento obbligatorio
Anno di corso1s
Periodo di svolgimentosecondo trimestre
Settori scientifico disciplinari
  • SPS/04 - Scienza politica
Crediti (CFU) obbligatori9
Crediti (CFU) facoltativi-

Informazioni generali

Obiettivi: The course aims at providing the students with an advanced and comprehensive understanding of the contemporary international system, as well as with the capability to apply knowledge and methodology to emerging case-studies. Against the backdrop of the ongoing geopolitical changes of the international system, each year the course focuses on a single topic: in 2016/17, for instance, the transformation of war and its relationship with the transformation of international convivence.

Lingua dell'insegnamento: English

Programma di studio

Short course description english flag

The first part analyses war as the mirrored image of international politics; namely, why the major changes in the history of international politics (such as the shifts from multipolar to bipolar systems, from pre-global to global systems, from ideologically homogeneous to heterogeneous systems) turn out to be mirrored in the frequency of war, its severity, its ability to determine hegemony, or even the way in which it is fought. Particular emphasis will be put on the enduring relationship between war and the distribution of power; the geopolitics of the international arena; culture, ideology, and international law; and between war and the very nature of political actors.

The second part provides a comprehensive analysis of the ongoing transformations of war. The course addresses such topics as the so-called “new wars”, the privatization of violence, the proliferation of civil wars, the alleged decline of major wars, the rediscovery of the just war tradition, terrorism and the so-called global war on terror.

In the third part, the attendant students are required to deliver a presentation upon single case-studies.

Bibliografia e altri materiali didattici: M. Van Creveld, The Transformation of War, The Free Press, New York 1991

A list of required readings will be circulated at the beginning of the course

Bibliografia e altri materiali didattici per non frequentanti: J. Keegan, A History of Warfare, Alfred A. Knopf, New York 1993.

M. Van Creveld, The Transformation of War, The Free Press, New York 1991.

Modalità di esame, prerequisiti, esami propedeutici

Esame in un'unica volta o suddiviso in partiunico
Modalità di accertamento conoscenzeEsame
Giudiziovoto verbalizzato in trentesimi

Prerequisiti e modalità di esame Attendant students will be assessed according to the following criteria:
Presentation and discussion 30%
Oral exam at the end of the course 70%
Both the presentation and the oral exam are aimed at making sure that the student has a deep understanding of IR theory and the geopolitical approach. The exam is also aimed at assessing whether the student can express himself/herself with a correct terminology and apply the information and methodology acquired during the course to new case studies.

Prerequisiti e modalità di esame per non frequentanti Non-attendant students have to pass an oral exam at the end of the course. The exam is aimed at making sure that the student has a deep understanting of IR theory and the geopolitical approach. The exam is also aimed at assessing whether the student can express himself/herself with a correct terminology and apply the information and methodology acquired during the course to new case studies.

Attività propedeutiche consigliate International Relations
Contemporary History
International Law

Organizzazione della didattica

Settori e relativi crediti

  • Settore: SPS/04 - Scienza politica - Crediti: 9
Attività didattiche previste

Lezioni: 60 ore

Ricevimento Docenti

Orario di ricevimento Docenti
DocenteOrario di ricevimentoLuogo di ricevimento
ALESSANDRO COLOMBO , responsabile dell'insegnamentomercoledì 15-18.Per tutta la durata del corso di Relazioni Internazionali, dall'inizio di gennaio a metà marzo 2019, il ricevimento studenti del prof. A. Colombo si terrà tutti i mercoledì dalle 10.30 alle 13.00.stanza 11, dip. Studi internazionali

Avvertenze e altre informazioni

Students have to follow at least 80% of the classes in order to be considered attendant