Course catalogue

Name102F20 Domestic Politics and International Relations
Language Engelsk
Course levelKandidat
Department Institut for Statskundskab
Related educations
Course code431192U051
TeacherDaniel Finke
Course type Tomplads Ordinær Udveksling
FacultyAarhus BSS
Course catalogue id97764

Description of qualifications:

<p>Climate change, mass migration, humanitarian crises and terrorism: The world is in dire need of effective multilateral action. But despite euphonious speeches, little seems to be accomplished. All too often leaders&#8217; good intentions fall prey to the logic of domestic political competition.</p> <p>In this course, we scrutinise this gloomy picture by discussing the domestic origins of and constraints to effective multilateralism. First, we introduce relevant theories of international institutions and negotiations. Next, we discuss the role of such different domestic factors as regime type, political institutions, public opinion, partisan government, ideologies, education and economic development. Finally, we focus on different areas of international politics, including violent conflicts, climate change, migration, terrorism, trade, disarmament as well as regional integration. We will form working groups that study a selected policy area in more depth.</p> <p>The course aims to provide research-based teaching. To this end, we are going to discuss existing empirical research and introduce a variety of relevant data sets. Participants will strengthen their theoretical and empirical insights into comparative foreign policy-making and learn how to analyse and evaluate current events in international politics.</p> <p>Typical questions guiding our discussion include the following: Under which conditions can international institutions be effective? Why do some states comply with international law, whereas other do not? In how far can foreign policy positions be explained by domestic factors? What is the role of domestic political institutions? How does foreign policy differ by regime type and political system? How does domestic strength translate into international power? What explains delayed or failed ratification of international treaties?&#160;</p> <p>Having completed the teaching part of the course, participants will concentrate on writing their synopses in preparation of the oral exam. During the exam, the student is going to apply selected theories of the course to a self-chosen case. The teacher is available for help and supervision in selecting a meaningful case for the synopsis. All participants are required to take part in class-room discussions. Furthermore, all participants are required to actively participate in group assignments during the teaching part.</p> For this course, participants are expected to know the most prominent theoretical approaches from the sub-fields of comparative politics as well as international relations.


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