The course aims to provide students with the conceptual and theoretical tools needed to understand key issues in international politics and the competition among polities for power.
Expected learning outcomes
After completing the course, students should have developed the following skills. Knowing and understanding the main dynamics of international coexistence, the role of the national state and the evolution of the international system in the post-Cold War period in the light of the fragmentation / integration dialectics. Ability to apply knowledge and understanding of the competition between the great powers for the resources of power, material and ideational, of the role played by the war in the re-distribution of these resources and of the (predictable and unpredictable) consequences that the possession of these resources produces on the actor who has spent on their accumulation. Knowledge and understanding of the process of elaboration and implementation of the national interest of the dominant powers, that is of the actors that compete to climb the hierarchy of international power, and of the national interest of the medium and small powers, that is the actors forced to support / contain the foreign policy of the dominant powers.
Lesson period: Second trimester
(In case of multiple editions, please check the period, as it may vary)
The competition for the resources of power The XX century: the great global scramble History does not end: the memory of the offense. Geopolitics of evil Geopolitics of the post-bipolar international system: confronting models End of the nation-state or endless nation-state? Towards a realist geopolitics Will the XXI century be American?
Prerequisites for admission
Luca Bellocchio, I sicari della pace, Meltemi, 2019 Enzo Traverso, La violenza nazista, Il Mulino, 2010
John H. Mearsheimer, "Can China rise peacefully?", The National Interest, October 2014 Robert D. Kaplan, "The Coming Anarchy. How scarcity, crime, overpopulation, tribalism, and disease are rapidly destroying the social fabric of our planet", Atlantic Monthly, 1994 James A. Nuechterlein, " Who Are We? by Samuel P. Huntington", Commentary, May 1, 2004
A PROVA DI ERRORE (FAIL SAFE), Regia di Sidney Lumet, con Henry Fonda; Dan O'Herlihy; Walter Matthau (1964)
George Carlin, Saving the planet Le vite degli altri, Regia di Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, 2006
Assessment methods and Criteria
The oral examination aims to test the capacity of the student to understand the importance of the competition for the resources of power