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

Versao Portuguesa


3º curricular year
Semestralidade: 2nd semester


Leading Teacher: Prof. Doutor André Saramago
Assistant Professor: Prof. Doutor Paulo Amorim

Class type and School hours

Orientação Tutorial : 1 Horas
Teórico-prática : 2 Horas

Main Aims/Objectives

The curricular unit has three general objectives: 1) Contribute to the understanding of international relations in the Asian continent in their political, geopolitical, economic, social, security and cultural dimensions; 2) Contribute to the understanding of the historical development of the region and how it informs contemporary international reality; 3) Contribute to the critical reflection about the main challenges of the region as well as its potential future development.

Specific Aims/Objectives

The curricular unit’s specific objectives are to promote: 1) The understanding of the history of the Asian region; 2) The ability to identify the main actors in the region, as well as how their relations structure its development; 3) The understanding of the region’s several dimensions (political, geopolitical, economic, social, security and cultural), as well as their mutual relations; 4) The understanding of the relation between the region, its main actors and global international society.

Skills to be acquired

The curricular unit seeks to transmit the following skills: l) Understanding of the region in its several dimensions, its history and its contemporary international relations; 2) Understanding of the main structuring processual dynamics of the Asian region; 3) Understanding of how the Asian region and its main actors relate to, and frame themselves, in global international society; 4) Development of scientific skills of research and critical analysis.

Teaching Procedures

Classes will be based on the exposition of contents accompanied by the debate and discussion of the themes under analysis, as well as of audio-visual based contents. Highlight will be given to the use of PowerPoint and to making available online contents via Moodle. The analysis and presentation of scientific texts by the students will also be promoted in the tutorial orientation classes, which will have the additional purpose of clarifying doubts.


1. Asia: Geographic and Historical Context
1.1. Asia and Asian sub-regions
1.2. Civilisation and empire: Asia from the 19th century to 1945
1.3. Revolution and contention: Cold War in Asia
1.4. A new order: Asia since 1991

2. Security and Geopolitics
2.1. Land and maritime disputes
2.2. Energetic security and communication lines
2.3. Focus of analysis:
2.3.1. USA-China-Japan
2.3.2. Russia-USA
2.3.3. The Koreas
2.3.4. India-Pakistan

3. Political Economy
3.1. The miracle and the Asian crises
3.2. Resources, economic growth and environment
3.3. Focus of analysis:
3.3.1. Japan
3.3.2. China
3.3.3. India
3.3.4. Southeast Asia

4. Regionalism and Identity
4.1. Asian values, development and human rights
4.2. Focus of analysis:
4.3.1. ASEAN
4.3.2. APEC
4.3.3. SCO

5. Asia and the Future of International Relations

Evaluation Type

The assessment of the curricular unit will be continuous and includes:
- Two written tests;
- Frequency / Written exam
- Oral presentation/discussion of articles and chapters;
- Attendance and class participation.

Teaching Resources

- Recommended bibliography
- Use of audio-visual contents


- International Relations
- Asia
- Politics
- Geopolitics
- Society
- Economy
- Identity
- International Society
- Great Power
- Regional International Organisations

Main Bibliography

Author SHAMBAUGH, David; YAHUDA, Michael
Title International Relations of Asia
Edition 2ª ed.
Place Plymouth
Editor Rowman & Littlefield
Year 2014
Author PEKKANEN, Saadia; RAVENHILL, John e FOOT, Rosemary
Title Oxford Handbook of the International Relations of
Edition 1ª ed.
Place Oxford
Editor Oxford University Press
Year 2014
Author CONNORS, Michael; DAVISON, Remy e DOSH, Jörn
Title The New Global Politics of the Asia-Pacific
Edition 1ª ed.
Place Oxon
Editor RoutledgeCurzon
Year 2005

Complementary Bibliography

Author YAHUDA, Michael
Title The International Politics of the Asia-Pacific
Edition 1ª ed.
Place Oxon
Editor RoutledgeCurzon
Year 2004
Author TOMÉ, Luís (ed.)
Title East Asia Today
Edition 1ª ed.
Place Lisboa
Editor Prefácio
Year 2008