Conflict has been a persistent and defining feature of international relations throughout history. “International Conflicts: Theory and History” is a comprehensive and intellectually stimulating university course that delves into the intricate dynamics, theories, and historical contexts that shape international conflicts. This course offers students a profound understanding of the multifaceted nature of international disputes, equipping them with the analytical tools and historical knowledge necessary to navigate the complex world of global politics.
COURSE OBJECTIVES | LEARNING OUTCOMES
- Explore the Theoretical Foundations of International Conflicts:
- Examine the major theories that explain the causes and dynamics of international conflicts, including realism, liberalism, constructivism, and others.
- Analyze the role of power, sovereignty, and ideology in international conflict formation.
- Historical Perspectives on International Conflicts:
- Investigate key historical international conflicts, such as World Wars, Cold War rivalries, and contemporary conflicts, to gain insights into their origins, escalation, and resolution.
- Explore case studies that highlight the diversity of conflicts across different regions and time periods.
- Conflict Resolution and Diplomacy:
- Examine various strategies and approaches to conflict resolution, including negotiation, mediation, and peacekeeping efforts by international organizations.
- Analyze the successes and failures of diplomatic initiatives in preventing and mitigating conflicts.
- Contemporary Challenges in International Conflict:
- Address contemporary issues in international relations, such as terrorism, cyber warfare, and climate change, and their impact on global stability.
- Explore the role of non-state actors and emerging powers in shaping international conflicts.
- Critical Analysis and Discussion:
- Encourage critical thinking through class discussions, debates, and case study analysis.
- Develop strong analytical and research skills through written assignments and projects.
- Future Trends and Prospects:
- Investigate the potential directions of international conflicts in the 21st century, including the role of technology, changing alliances, and the evolving global order.
By the end of this course, students will have a deep appreciation for the complexities of international conflicts, a solid grounding in relevant theories, and a historical perspective that enables them to engage in informed discussions and analysis of contemporary global issues. Whether you are pursuing a career in international diplomacy, security analysis, or simply seeking a well-rounded education in international relations, “International Conflicts: Theory and History” provides the essential knowledge and skills to navigate the intricate world of global politics.
COURSE CMS SPECIFICS
- Credit value: 3-6 (US standard) | 6-12 (ECTS standard)
- Indicative duration (full-time): 4-10 weeks
- Indicative duration (part-time): 5-12 week
- Certificate: Yes
This course is based on standard EUCLID methodology. Students may refer to the following resources:
- Academic Guidelines (HQ version)
- Academic Guidelines (most recent version even if unofficial)
- Student Orientation Guidelines (most recent version even if unofficial)
- Zotero instructions for EUCLID students
- Grammarly instructions for EUCLID students
REQUIRED TEXTS AND MATERIAL
Course material is provided in the form of embedded videos, audio MP3s, and/or downloadable PDFs.
COURSE INSTRUCTOR | ASSOCIATED FACULTY
— Please refer to CMS and email exchange with International Faculty Coordinator to confirm Faculty Assignment.
— Current default instructor is Prof Nikolaos Petropoulos, PhD
COURSE SYLLABUS | ACCESS TO 7 PERIODS