82186 - Introduction to International Policy

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

Quality education Industry, innovation and infrastructure Peace, justice and strong institutions Partnerships for the goals

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

By completing this class, students should (1) acquire a good understanding of how international politics works, (2) be able to evaluate international issues and themes in a comparative perspective, (3) master all the methods of political analysis necessary to progress further in the study of this topic. 

Course contents

As indicated by the title, this course is addressed to students who have had no training in international politics. The goal is is to establish a good basis from which to appreciate the major issues in areas such as international security, international political economy, immigration, terrorism and the like, as well as a solid understanding of the major players in the international arena. 


All students are required to read the following (two) textbooks:

  • R. Jackson, G. Sorensen (2018) Relazioni Internazionali, quarta edizione Milano: EGEA Chapters: 1,3,4,6,7,8,10,11,12
  • P. Foradori e G. Giacomello (eds) (2014) Sicurezza Globale. Le Nuove Minacce, Bologna: IL Mulino
  • English speaking students may choose any good textbook in international politics, which covers the same topics and the class notes

Moreover, students are encouraged to read one of the following texts (your pick) is suggested reading:

J. Diamond (1997) Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies, W. W. Norton or

J. Diamond (2005) Collapse:  How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed, Viking Books.

Teaching methods


Assessment methods

Final exam (multiple choice; time 30min.).

Teaching tools

Video documentaries

Office hours

See the website of Giampiero Giacomello