Foreign Policy Analysis

A.Y. 2020/2021
6
Max ECTS
40
Overall hours
SSD
SPS/04
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
Lo scopo del corso è quello di introdurre gli studenti allo studio della Foreign policy analysis. In primo luogo, si prefigge di delineare la natura e l'ambito di studio della disciplina: il suo rapporto con le teorie di Relazioni Internazionali e con la politica comparata. In secondo luogo, presenta i tre livelli di analisi attraverso cui le decisioni di politica estera possono essere interpretate: l'individualismo metodologico, il comportamento degli stati e il sistema internazionale. In terzo luogo, approfondisce i principali filoni di studio della disciplina: il decision-making applicato alla politica estera; le teorie dell'organizzazione e della burocrazia; gli approcci culturali, psicologici e relativi all'identità nazionale. I vari orientamenti teorici saranno esaminati attraverso il riferimento di casi-studio (come ad esempio la crisi missilistica di Cuba e la guerra degli Stati Uniti in Iraq nel 2003). Infine, il corso si concentrerà sulla politica estera delle democrazie, indagando tanto le peculiarità quanto le similitudine rispetto agli stati non-democratici.
Expected learning outcomes
Undefined
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Responsible
Lesson period
Second trimester
The online classes will be held on Microsoft Teams. They will be live lessons following the calendar of the the third trimester.
Course syllabus
The course is designed to introduce students to the basics of Foreign Policy Analysis. Firstly, it focuses on the nature and scope of the discipline: its relationship with International Relations and Comparative Politics. Secondly, it presents the three level of analysis through which the foreign policy decision-making can be understood: methodological individualism; state behavior; international system. Thirdly, it delves into the main discipline's sub-fields: foreign policy decision-making; bureaucratic politics; cultural, national identity and psychological/cognitive approaches. The theoretical frameworks will be presented through case studies (e.g. the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Vietnam War, Italian Foreign Policy).
Prerequisites for admission
The course is open to all students independently from their academic background. However, a basic knowledge of International Relations Theory is presumed.
Teaching methods
Lectures and presentations by attending students.
Teaching Resources
For attendant students:

C. Alden - A. Aran, "Foreign Policy Analysis. New Approaches", Routledge, London & New York (2017);

Two books of student's choice among the following ones:

1) P. Isernia e F. Longo (a cura di), "La politica estera italiana nel nuovo millennio", Il Mulino, Bologna (2019);
2) M. Valigi, "Le medie potenze. Teoria e prassi in politica estera", Vita&Pensiero, Milano (2017);
3) A. Quarenghi (a cura di), ": Trump contro l'ordine internazionale. La politica estera degli Stati Uniti nella transizione contemporanea", Egea, Milano (2021) - ebook.

For non-attendant students:

C. Alden - A. Aran, "Foreign Policy Analysis. New Approaches", Routledge, London & New York (2017);
A. Panebianco, "Guerrieri democratici. Le democrazie e la politica di potenza", Il Mulino, Bologna (1997). Only parts I and II: from Cap. I to Cap. VI.

Two books of student's choice among the following ones:
1) P. Isernia e F. Longo (a cura di), "La politica estera italiana nel nuovo millennio", Il Mulino, Bologna (2019);
2) M. Valigi, "Le medie potenze. Teoria e prassi in politica estera", Vita&Pensiero, Milano (2017);
3) A. Quarenghi (a cura di), ": Trump contro l'ordine internazionale. La politica estera degli Stati Uniti nella transizione contemporanea", Egea, Milano (2021) - ebook.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam is based on an interview to be held on MS Teams.
For attending students the final evaluation is based on: The active participation during the classes and possible presentation of assigned papers (30%); the final oral examination at the end of the course (70%). The oral examination is aimed to test the students' ability to present and reflect upon the main analytical frameworks, models and theoretical perspectives of Foreign Policy Analysis. The examination is an interview based on 3-5 questions.

For non-attending students, the final evaluation is based on an oral examination to test the students' ability to present and reflect upon the main analytical frameworks, models and theoretical perspectives of Foreign Policy Analysis. The examination is an interview based on 3-5 questions.
SPS/04 - POLITICAL SCIENCE - University credits: 6
Lessons: 40 hours
Professor: Carati Andrea
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