Scheda insegnamento

  • Docente Sonia Lucarelli

  • Crediti formativi 10

  • SSD SPS/04

  • Modalità didattica Convenzionale - Lezioni in presenza

  • Lingua di insegnamento Inglese


L'insegnamento contribuisce al perseguimento degli Obiettivi di Sviluppo Sostenibile dell'Agenda 2030 dell'ONU.

Istruzione di qualità Uguaglianza di genere Pace, giustizia e istituzioni forti

Anno Accademico 2019/2020

Conoscenze e abilità da conseguire

An introductory course to the analysis of international politics and of foreign policy, 'International relations' provides the students with the basic knowledge and skills to investigate international relations at both the theoretical and empirical levels. At the end of the course, students are expected to be familiar with the current debates in IR theories; to have acquired core skills to intepret key political processes at the international, supranational and transnational levels; to have developed the ability to apply such knowledge towards the understanding of selected outcomes in international politics, also in conjunction with concepts derived from other subjcet matters in their curricula.


Theories of International Relations: Realism, Liberalism, Marxism, English School, Constructivism, Poststructuralism.

Middle range theories: Foreign policy, security

International political Economy

Topics of world politics: globalization, multiculturalism, European union in world politics



Robert Jackson, Georg Sørensen, and Jørgen Møller, Introduction to International RelationsTheories and Approaches, Oxford UP, Seventh Edition


Compulsory reading material for the seminars:

1. Realism

John J Mearsheimer, “China's Unpeaceful Rise”, Current History; Apr 2006; vol. 105, n. 690, pp. 160-162 (http://johnmearsheimer.uchicago.edu/pdfs/A0051.pdf).

Charles Glaser, “Will China's Rise Lead to War?”, Foreign Policy, March/April 2011, vol 90, n. 2, pp: 80-91 (http://politics.virginia.edu/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Glaser-VISC.pdf

G. John Ikenberry, "The future of the liberal world order: internationalism after America." Foreign Affairs 90.3 (2011): 56. (http://www.bard.edu/civicengagement/usfp/resources/2017/index.php?action=getfile&id=7513030)


2. Liberal order

Daniel Deudney; G. John Ikenberry, Liberal World: The Resilient Order, 97 Foreign Affairs 16 (2018), available at: https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/world/2018-06-14/liberal-world

Amitav Acharya "After Liberal Hegemony: The Advent of a Multiplex World Order" September 8, 2017 Ethics and International Affairs, Available at: https://www.ethicsandinternationalaffairs.org/2017/multiplex-world-order/

Sonia Lucarelli, “The EU in the Post-Liberal Era: A Challenge with Global Roots, in A. Colombo e P. Magri, The end of a World. The decline of the Liberal Order, Milano Ledizioni LediPublishing, 2019 - available at: https://www.ispionline.it/it/pubblicazione/end-world-decline-liberal-order-22545


3.  Security

To be distributed


NB: additional reading material will be distributed




Will also have to read one monograph among:

a) H. Bull, The Anarchical Society, 1977 (ed. it. La società anarchica, Vita e Pensiero).

b) K. Waltz, Theory of International Politics, 1979 (ed. it. Teoria della politica internazionale, Il Mulino). -

c) K. Waltz, Man, the State and War, 1959 (ed. it. L'uomo lo stato e la guerra, Giuffrè).

d) G. J. Ikenberry, Liberal Leviathan. The origins, crisis and transformation of American World Order, 2011 (ed. it. Leviatano Liberale. Le origini, le crisi e la trasformazione dell’ordine liberale, UTET, 2013) ]

Metodi didattici

lectures and seminars

Modalità di verifica dell'apprendimento

For students who regularly attend the course

Two written mid-term exams and a final oral exam. Only students with a positive mean in the written texts can take the final oral exam.

It is possible to (re)take one of the written exams at the end, the day of the oral exam.


For students who do not attend the course

a written text followed by an oral exam.

Strumenti a supporto della didattica

power point

Orario di ricevimento

Consulta il sito web di Sonia Lucarelli