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Programa d'assignatures optatives

United Nations: International Peace and Security (6 ECTS Credits) - Fall 2019

Ignasi Torrent (UPF), Pol Bargues (CIDOB)

The course is structured in two blocks. The first one introduces the United Nations, its goals, its main bodies and its decision-making process as a starting point. It then focuses on the UN architecture as a decisive international actor regarding international peace and security by analyzing: the UN institutional framework that deals with these issues (the UN Security Council, the Department of Peacekeeping Operations, the Department of Political Affairs, etc.); relevant aspects of the UN Charter in relation to this topic (Chapters VI and VII); and the historical evolution of how the UN has coped with peace and security issues. The second block explores one of the main tools the United Nations applies to maintain peace and security: the UN Peace Operations. This is done by focusing on theoretical debates that have shaped the missions over the time, by examining their evolution in nature and scope and by grasping historical examples (Sierra Leone, Haiti, Burundi, Timor-Leste, Afghanistan, etc...).

Please check the syllabus here.

History and Politics of Globalization (6 ECTS Credits) - Fall 2019

Yannis Karagiannis (IBEI)

How do individual citizens, organized groups, and political parties react to the internationalization of economic activity? Who promotes it and who fights against it? Who is more likely to be successful and who is more likely to fail in the pursuit of their goals? To answer these questions this course offers a historical introduction to international political economy. It is organized around three main sections. First, we present the most important theories and methods used to learn about the politics of international economics. Second, we use the theories and methods covered in the first section to review major developments in international economic relations from the 1860s to today. We focus mostly on three areas: international trade, international monetary relations, and international migration flows. Finally, we conduct original research, aiming to produce altogether new knowledge about the politics surrounding international economic developments.

Please check the syllabus here.

Geopolitical games: foreign policy of Russia and China (6 ECTS Credits) - Fall 2019

Anastassia V. Obydenkova (IBEI)

This course offers insights into understanding of foreign policy of so-called modern autocracies – China and Russia. Both states are located in Eurasia. They have overlapping interests, competing goals, and they face sometimes similar external challenges (such as, for example, democratic diffusion). The course offers insights into strategy of foreign policy of both states, contrasting and comparing their geopolitical battles. The course is structured in the following way: (1) theory of foreign policy analysis; (2) historical legacies in foreign policy of China and Russia; (3) goals and challenges of foreign policies of two states; (4) shared geopolitical space (struggle over the dominance in Central Asia); (5) impact and implications of their foreign policies.

The topics above will be discussed within the context of specific case-studies during the period of 1991-2018. This course examines comparatively the development of foreign policy of China and Russia over the last 30 years accounting for the presence of historical legacies and changing externalities. The course will focus on specific challenges faced by both states, such as, for example, democracy promotion (e.g., the enlargement of the EU in early 2000s). It will look at how both states deal with these challenges. Moreover, the course will focus on the analysis of the strategies employed by China and Russia in terms of their own cooperation as well as competition over geopolitical space.

Please check the syllabus here.

Literatura y política en América Latina (6 ECTS Credits) - Winter 2020

Jacint Jordana (UPF-IBEI), Dunia Gras (UB), Tania Pleitez (UAB)

El curso tiene como objetivo introducir al estudiante en las complejidades de la América Latina contemporánea a través de un estudio en profundidad de una selección de cuentos, crónicas y una novela corta de escritores latinoamericanos, así como del contexto político en el que transcurren las historias relatadas. Las lecturas se complementarán con películas y documentales relativos al tema.

Cada obra será examinada y discutida desde un enfoque de crítica literaria, considerando tanto sus influencias literarias desde una perspectiva comparada, como los rasgos específicos de su estructura narrativa. En paralelo, se analizarán, desde la perspectiva de las ciencias sociales, los aspectos políticos tratados en cada novela, con el propósito de ampliar la capacidad de interpretación de los estudiantes de la situación política de la región y sus problemas estructurales, y potenciar su reflexión teórica sobre la relación entre realidad política y ficción literaria.

Por favor consulta el programa aquí.

España en el mundo: política exterior y diplomacia pública (6 ECTS Credits) - Winter 2020

Laia Mestres (IBEI)

¿Es realmente España una potencia media con presencia global, tal y como defienden los diplomáticos y políticos españoles? ¿En qué grado la Unión Europea ha modificado las prioridades de España en su política exterior? ¿La crisis económica y financiera, que tanto afectó a los españoles, fue también una causa de deterioro de la imagen de España en el exterior? El objetivo de este curso es profundizar en el papel de España en el mundo, a partir de los instrumentos de análisis de una de las subdisciplinas de las Relaciones Internacionales, el Análisis de las Políticas Exteriores. Asimismo, se abordará cuáles han sido tradicionalmente sus prioridades geográficas y cómo se ha adaptado a las transformaciones mundiales y europeas recientes.

Por favor consulta el programa aquí.

International Business and Globalization (6 ECTS Credits) - Winter 2020

Francisco J. Granados (IBEI)

How does international business drive economic globalization and affect people across countries? How do international business and current domestic and international political issues affect each other? What challenges and opportunities do firms face operating internationally? How corporate social responsibility can contribute to sustainable development? The course starts with an overview of economic globalization from a historical, political and sociological perspective, focusing on aspects related to international business: the role of states and international institutions (e.g., WTO, EU); socioeconomic development; inequalities within and across countries; international migrations; domestic political debates about to globalization. The second part of the course examines some key management topics associated to globalization: global corporate social responsibility; diverse national political environments; internationalization and alliance strategies; global marketing.

Please check the syllabus here.

The EU in the World (6 ECTS Credits) - Winter 2020

Juan Pablo Soriano (UAB-IBEI)

How similar is the European Union (EU) compared to other countries such as the United States? Do they play similar roles in the world? How internal (Brexit) and external events (Trump) may affect the very nature of the EU and its foreign policies? This course studies the EU and its external activities through the discussion of key issues on the EU agenda placing a comparative focus on the United States. The first part of the course analyzes the historical evolution of the European polity and the decision-making of its external action. It raises questions about the geographical and political limits of Europe, what are the main drivers of its integration and tackles the issue of Brexit. The second part of the course deals with a variety of challenges of globalization that the EU faces in world politics: trade liberalization,global warming, energy supplies or international migration are some of the issues that will be tackled separately in different sessions. Finally, the last part analyzes the relations between the EU and other states and world regions: from the neighborhood in Eastern Europe and the Middle East to the major global players such as the United States.

Please check the syllabus here.



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