History of international politics


The course proposes an analysis of the origin and evolution of the modern world order from its early beginnings to the contemporary post-Cold War world. Its purpose is to go back over the major stages of this evolution with the view of enabling students to have an in-depth knowledge of long-term trends and processes at the roots of current world affairs. The course notably studies the material dimension of the international order in the 1st part dedicated to the Evolution of the International System, and its normative elements in the 2nd part focusing on the Development of an International Society (part II).

Recommended Prerequisite(s)

Students taking this lecture should know the major dates and events of world history since the end of the Middle Ages.

Form of assessment

The number of ECTS credits and the assessment methods are likely to be different for students in credit exchange programmes.


  • Bull H., The Anarchical Society : A Study of Order in World Politics, 1977, Basingstoke : Palgrave MacMillan, 3rd edition, 2002.
  • Carr E., The Twenty Years’ Crisis 1919-1939 : An Introduction to the Study of International Relations, 1945, 2nd edition, Basingstoke : Palgrave McMillan, 2001.
  • Gilpin R., War and Change in World Politics, Princeton : Princeton UP, 1981.
  • Said E., Orientalism, 1978, London : Penguin, 2003.
  • Schmitt C., Der Nomos der Erde im Völkerrecht des Jus Publicum Europaeum, 1950, Berlin : Duncker & Humblot, 1997.

Educational formula

The course consists in a series of lectures.

In brief

Year Fourth year

Teaching languageEnglish

Teaching term Six-monthly

ECTS credits 2.0

Number of hours 18.0

Teaching activityLecture course

ValidationFinal written examination

Mandatory teaching

Open to exchange students



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