Course catalogue

Name106E19 Globalisation and World Order
Language Engelsk
Course levelKandidat
Department Institut for Statskundskab
Related educations
Course code431192U043
TeacherTonny Brems Knudsen and Mette Skak
Course type Tomplads Ordinær
FacultyAarhus BSS
Course catalogue id94471

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<p>World affairs are undergoing epochal change &#8211; perhaps even towards a &#8216;post-American&#8217; (Zakaria, 2008) and multipolar world order. Globalisation has altered the international system and new power hubs have emerged. In this course, central aspects of the changing world order are analysed and discussed under the following headlines:</p> <ul> <li>Power</li> <li>Economics</li> <li>Institutions</li> <li>Values.</li> </ul> <p>Under this broad agenda, the course offers an advanced introduction to some of the central theories, concepts, methods and issue areas in the field of international relations (IR).&#160;</p> <p>The late 20<sup>th</sup> century world order debate was sparked by the end of the Cold War when scholars were discussing the &#8216;end of history&#8217; &#8211; the possible triumph of liberal values and the liberal system. Today, as we find ourselves at the onset of the third millennium, the academic debate about world order is dominated by quite different questions: Will some groups of states (meaning the West) have to hand over their international leadership to others, including modernising, rising and ambitious powers like China, Russia, India, Brazil and South Africa (BRICS)? What lies beyond the international economic and financial crisis of 2007-2009 &#8211; a new era of geo-economics? Are the institutions of international society sufficiently strong and inclusive to support international order rather than disorder? What are the implications of (growing) international value differences and an increasingly regionalised world order?&#160;</p> <p>To shed light on these big questions, the course focuses on four inter-related dimensions of world order: (1) power, including power transition (the rise of new great powers), changes and dynamics in the balance of power, and power and security concerns in the Global South. (2) Economics, including uneven globalisation and the rise of geo-economics. (3) Institutions, including the UN Security Council, the UN General Assembly, regional organisations (esp. the EU, the African Union, ECOWAS and the Arab League) and the new BRICS institutions as well as changes at the fundamental institutional level (esp. sovereignty, great power management and international law). (4) Values, including the support for, and contestation of, liberal values of democracy, human rights and market economy as well as the international promotion of other values, such as sovereignty, national self-determination and the struggle against neo-imperialism.&#160;</p> <p>Theoretically, the course is based on advanced realist, institutionalist and English School theory as well as additional approaches and tools, including non-Western perspectives on IR. Empirically, the course discusses e.g. Russian interventionism in Ukraine and Syria, China&#8217;s rise, the BRICS coalition and their financial institutions, humanitarian intervention and non-intervention (Libya, C&#244;te d&#8217;Ivoire, Syria, Mali) and other issues of relevance to the overall changing world order.&#160;</p> <p>Classes will be a mixture of lectures, plenary discussions, group work and assignments. Additionally, there will be student presentations and tutoring during the last part of the course, which will be devoted to the writing of comprehensive synopses.</p>


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