International Politics
Cod: 41044
Department: DCSG
Scientific area: Political Sciences
Total working hours: 156
Total contact time: 15

This discipline promotes the scientific study of International Relations through its main concepts, theories, design, policy-making processes, instruments, monitoring & evaluation. The student should be able to apply the acquired knowledge to the current reality of international relations in its most relevant events, daily progress and impact on different national realities.

International Politics
International Organizations
Planning, Implementation, Instruments, Monitorig & Evaluation of Foreign Policy
EU - Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP)

Students are expected to:
1. Understand the international competences of States reflected in its foreign policies;
2. Identify models of international interaction, including competences of international organizations;
3. Identify foreign policy as a sector policyexpressing the national interest;
4. Understand foreign policy decision making processes, actors and obstacles to its implementation;
5. Identify the main instruments of foreign policy, including diplomacy, propaganda and economic action as well as modalities of peaceful resolution of conflicts;
6. Understand the main factors conditioning the analysis of foreign policy, its monitoring & evaluation;
7. Analyse the European Union Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP)

1. Foreign Policy: Nations, States and its forms of international interaction.
2. International Organizations: nature, forms, models and competences;
3. National Interest and foreign policy;
4. Design and implementation of foreign policy;
5. Foreign policy instruments;
6. Processes and mechanisms of Monitoring & Evaluation of foreign policy;
7. EU - Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP).


Marques dos Santos, Victor. 2012. Elementos de Análise de Política Externa. Lisboa: ISCSP

Beasley, Ryan K. et al. (eds). 2013. Foreign Policy in comparative perspective. Domestic and international influences on State behavior. London: Sage.
Costa, Carla et al. 2009. A União Europeia como Actor Global. Lisboa: ISCSP
Hudson, Valerie M. 2014. Foreign Policy Analysis. Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield.
Moreira, Adriano. 2011. Teoria das Relações Internacionais, Coimbra: Almedina (8ª edição).
Smith, Steve, Amelia Hadfield & Tim Dunne. 2012. Foreign Policy, theories, actors, cases. Oxford: Oxford University Press.


Continuous assessment is privileged: 2 or 3 digital written documents (e-folios) during the semester (40%) and a presence-based final exam (p-folio) in the end of the semester (60%). In due time, students can alternatively choose to perform one final presence-based exam (100%).