02493 - International Relations

Academic Year 2023/2024

  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Bologna
  • Corso: First cycle degree programme (L) in Political, Social and International Sciences (cod. 8853)

Learning outcomes

The course deals with some basic themes, concepts and thinkers in international relations. The purpose is to provide students with essential conceptual and linguistic tools for understanding the underlying structure and fundamental features of international politics, as well as its material and immaterial changing aspects. The objective is to explain the dynamics through which men and women understand international politics as well as on achieving a coherent capacity of thinking international life, both in its theoretical and practical dimension.

Course contents

The course consists of seven topics:

I. International Relations as a Field of Western Knowledge

II. A Fundamental Theoretical Framework: Realism/Idealism

III. War and Ways of Peace

IV. Beyond Domestic Analogy. Justice and Order in World Politics

V. The International Political Space  

VI. Homogeneity, Heterogeneity and Conflict

VII. The Global Age and International Relations



Michele Chiaruzzi, Una trama del mondo. Le relazioni internazionali, Milano, Mondadori, 2022.

Teaching methods

Traditional lectures. Students must subscribe the  list called michele.chiaruzzi.ri Attendance is expected at all lectures and verified. All news on the course as well as final examination will be published  on line: please check the  sito web docente.

Assessment methods

Attending students

Written exam based on open questions.
International Relations course will be concluded at the end of December. It includes a mid-term written exam in November as well as a final exam at the end of December based on lectures and a part of required readings according to the syllabus. Students are considered not attending students if they are absent for more than four lessons in each study term (September-October/November-December). The exams are based on written questions. Time availabe is 50'. The final vote will be based on the mid-term and final exam results. During the exam students can use their favourite languages among Italian, English, French, Spanish as well as a dictionary. If students fail to achieve a final positive evaluation, they could opt for an exam based on not attending students required readings.

Not attending students

Not attending students can opt for a written exam during standard exam sessions. They will study the following volumes:

1) Michele Chiaruzzi, Una trama del mondo. Le relazioni internazionali, Milano, Mondadori, 2022.

2) Michele Chiaruzzi, Politica di potenza nell'età del Leviatano, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2008.

3) Hedley Bull, The Anarchical Society, London, Macmillan, 1977.


Teaching tools

News and information on the course as well as examinations results will be published on line. Please always check the sito web docente.

Links to further information


Office hours

See the website of Michele Chiaruzzi


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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.