This lecture aims at introducing students to the main concepts, theories and issues of IR and global politics. Regarding concepts and theories, diverse and competing assumptions and interpretations like positivism, constructivism, realism, institutionalism, liberalism, and others will be presented, debated and applied.
For the latter purpose we will organize permanent working groups, focusing on up to six regional problems and conflicts. These working groups include the macro regions of East Asia, Eastern Europe as well as MENA, USA and EU.
This course will be organized over 3 hours per week. In the first hour I will present the respective topic in a concise form as lecture. In the second hour, the working groups will discuss the topics and approaches and apply them to their case. In the third hour, the results of the working groups (including open questions) will be presented and discussed in the plenary session.
Participants have to be present in the first 2 parts of the lecture, to prepare the required readings, and to present (at least once) the findings from their working groups to the plenary. Regular and active participation is required. If you need grading, you will have to successfully pass the final written examination (Klausur) in addition to the other tasks.
Good English language capabilities are necessary.
This lecture uses the E-learning platform Blackboard. Please register under: http://lms.fu-berlin.de. The password will be given during the first session.
Additionally, please also register under http://www.oei.fu-berlin.de/politik/anmeldungsformular/index.html.