Course code EDS381

EDS381 Sovereignty and the State in International Relations

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Showing course contents for the educational year 2014 - 2015 .

Course responsible: Benjamin Skaar de Carvalho
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Department of International Environment and Development Studies
Teaching language: EN
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Max 10 students
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Spring parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Spring parallel, .
Course frequency: Even years
First time: Study year 2014-2015
Preferential right:
M-IR students
Course contents:
The course consists of 12 weeks of lectures, some will be compulsory, and of which one will be devoted to discussing term papers. Student participation in the seminars is expected, generally in the form of individual presentation of course readings.
Learning outcome:
The course aims at providing students with an understanding of historical processes and contemporary debates surrounding sovereignty. The first seminars will aim at broadening students understanding of the historical emergence of the sovereign state, and its importance in international politics. In so doing, the course offers an overview of the historical literature on state formation, linking this to classical texts on sovereignty. The second part of the course introduces more contemporary takes on sovereignty and the role of the state in processes of globalization. The level of the course is advanced, and a good mastery of the fundamentals of International Relations is essential.
Learning activities:
Seminars and term paper
Teaching support:
Office hours and procedures are established at the first class meeting. A course schedule is handed out at the same time.
A list of literature will be avialbale in due time before course start.
General knowledge of international issues, preferably undergraduate courses in relevant social sciences.
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
Paper in ENGLISH ONLY. Paper (6000-7000 words) on chosen topic (to be approved by the course responsible) will count for 100% of the grade. Grading A-F
Nominal workload:
300 hours.
Entrance requirements:
Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse)
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
2 lecturing hours per week.
Internal and external examiners will grade the term paper.
Examination details: Term Paper: A - E / Ikke bestått