Cursos / 1º Ciclo / Faculty of Law :: International Relations

Versao Portuguesa


1º curricular year
Semestralidade: 1st semester


Leading Teacher: Prof. Doutor Pedro Mendes
Assistant Professor: Prof. Doutor Pedro Mendes

Class type and School hours

Teórico-prática : 2 Horas

Main Aims/Objectives

Knowledge and understanding of the main concepts of the sociological approach of International Relations, as well as analysis of the major theories and ideas on international relations today.

Specific Aims/Objectives

Teaching of key concepts and theoretical perspectives of contemporary international society, as well as analysis of case studies in order to prepare the student to perform tasks of analyst in the area of International Relations.

Skills to be acquired

Acquisition of intellectual skills on key concepts, theories and methods of analysis of contemporary international relations in order to develop innovative and critical arguments about political phenomena, social and economic factors that characterize the current international society.

Teaching Procedures

Lectures, which combines the class to explain and debate on the matter, with text analysis and subsequent discussion.


1.1 - Nature, purpose and methodology of the discipline
1.2 - Justification of the importance of discipline in the course
1.3 - Presentation of basic bibliography
2 - The sociology of international relations: theoretical and methodological approaches
2.1 - A sociological approach: basic principles
2.2 - Methods of Interpretation
2.2.1 - The perspective of history
2.2.2 - Use of Models
2.2.3 - Systemic Perspective
2.2.4 - Models of Foreign Policy Analysis
3 - Characteristics and outcomes of the International Society
3.1 - Visions of the World
3.1.1 - The International Anarchy
3.1.2 - The international community
3.1.3 - The International Society
4 - Transformation of International Politics
4.1 - Explanatory paradigms and levels of analysis: the structural factor, the state factor the individual factor and the ideological factor.
4.2 - International Order
4.3 - The End of History and The Return of History.
4.4 - Terrorism and international security
4.5 - The comtemporary international order
4.6 - The American Empire
4.6.1 - Positive Visions
4.6.1 - Negative Visions
5 - Globalization of the International Society
5.1 - The problem of contemporary globalization
5.2 - The transformation of the Westphalian order
5.3 - Governance and Globalization

Evaluation Type

The evaluation system is carried out according to the rules defined in the General Regulations Assessment of Knowledge Universities Lusíada. In this sense, it is taken into account ongoing evaluation, including attendance, participation, completion of work, quizzes, etc..

Teaching Resources

Power point, Internet



Main Bibliography

Author BAYLIS; SMITH, Steve (eds.)
Title The Globalization of World Politics,
Edition 5ªed
Place Oxford
Editor Oxford University Press,
Year 2010
Author WENDT, Alexander
Title Social Theory of International Politics
Place Cambridge
Editor Cambridge University Press
Year 1999
Author BROWN, Chris; Kirsten Ainley
Title Understanding International Relations
Place London
Editor Palgrave Macmillan
Year 2009

Complementary Bibliography

Author ART, Robert C.; JERVIS, Robert
Title International Politics: Enduring Concepts and Cont
Edition 7ª. ed.
Place New York:
Editor Longman
Year 2005
Author NYE, Joseph
Title Compreender os Conflitos Internacionais.
Edition 2ª ed.
Place Lisboa
Editor Gradiva
Year 2001