International Relations Theory
Cod: 41067
Department: DCSG
Scientific area: Political Sciences
Total working hours: 156
Total contact time: 15

This course unit introduces students to the academic study of International Relations, seeking to promote critical reflection concerning the main international players and stakeholders and their processes of interaction.

International Relations and Power
International integration and transnational participation
UN and International Relations after World War II

The student should be able to:

• Define the theoretical field of International Relations, understanding and applying the key-concepts, placing them within the main theories and perspectives (themes 1 and 2 of the program);

• Understand the main issues of power in international relations and relate them with processes of international integration and transnational participation (program themes 3 and 4);

• Understand the historical process, objectives and the functioning of the UN, analyse its main successes and insufficiencies within the post-World War II context, including the Cold War military blocs, its dissolution and liabilities (program themes 5 and 6).

• Theme 1: The academic study of International Relations.
• Theme 2: Perspectives on International Relations and its development.
• Theme 3: Theory of power and International Relations.
• Theme 4: International Integration and Transnational Participation.
• Theme 5: The UN
• Theme 6: dissolution of military blocs and liabilities.

Core Manual:
MOREIRA, Adriano 2011. Teoria das Relações Internacionais, Coimbra: Almedina (Edição mais recente).

Queiroz, Cristina. 2013. Direito Internacional e Relações Internacionais - Organizações Internacionais. Coimbra: Coimbra Editora.
Mota de Campos, João. 2011. Organizações Internacionais. Lisboa: Almedina (4ª edição).
Frieden, Jeffry A., David A. Lake & Kenneth A. Schultz. 2013. World Politics: Interests, Interactions, Institutions. New York: W.W. Norton & Company (2nd Ed.)

Waltz, Kenneth A. 2010. Theory of International Politics. Long Grove, Illinois: Waveland Pr Inc.
HOLLIS, Martin & SMITH, Steve. 2004. Explaining and Understanding International Relations, London: Claredon.


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%).