GREAT POWERS and the COLLAPSE of the INTERNATIONAL SYSTEM

A.Y. 2019/2020
9
Max ECTS
60
Overall hours
SSD
SPS/04
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The course aims to provide students with the conceptual and theoretical tools needed to understand which domestic and strategic factors shape the foreign policy of the dominant powers in the post-bipolar international arena, and what will determine the collapse of the international system.
Expected learning outcomes
Capability to apply knowledge and understanding: the knowledge acquired will allow the student to face, understand, analyze and interpret the morphology and mechanics of the post-bipolar international system and the foreign policy of the dominant powers in the new international strategic context.
Course syllabus and organization

Unique edition

Lesson period
First trimester
Course syllabus
Dominant powers
The foreign policy of the dominant powers
The globalisation of hostility: the URSS-USA antagonism
Unified Europe after the catastrophes. Geopolitical illusion, necessary dream
All against all: the post-89 chaos
Form and force of international alliances in the post-bipolar system
Neo-imperialism, the return of the state and processes of fragmentation
China: a (not so) great power?
Chained hegemon. US foreign policy in the XX century
Anglosphere?
The collapse of the international system
Prerequisites for admission
None
Teaching methods
Lectures
Bibliography
Luca Bellocchio, I sicari della pace, Meltemi, 2019
Primo Levi, I sommersi e i salvati, Einaudi, 2007.

Samuel Huntington, "No exit. The error of endism", The National Interest, September 1989

Charles Krauthammer, "The unipolar moment", The Washington Post, 20 July, 1990

Kenneth N. Waltz, "The emerging structure of international politics", International Security, Fall 1993

Kenneth N. Waltz, "Structural realism after the Cold War, International Security, Summer 2000

Niall Ferguson, "A world without power", Foreign Policy, 2004

Roger Cohen, "Obama's doctrine of restraint", NYT, October 12, 2015

A PROVA DI ERRORE (FAIL SAFE), Regia di Sidney Lumet, 1964
Time enough at last (The Twilight Zone)
George Carlin, Saving the planet
Assessement methods and criteria
The oral examination aims to test the capacity of the student to analyse the foreign policy of the dominant powers in the post-bipolar international system
SPS/04 - POLITICAL SCIENCE - University credits: 9
Lessons: 60 hours