Great Powers

A.Y. 2021/2022
Overall hours
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 crisis 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

Single session

Lesson period
Second trimester
Microsoft Teams will be used for online teaching
Course syllabus
Le potenze dominanti

La politica estera delle potenze dominanti

La globalizzazione dell'ostilità: l'antagonismo URSS-USA

L'Europa unita dopo le catastrofi. Illusione geopolitica, sogno necessario

Tutti (con)tro Tutti: il caos post '89

Forma e forza delle colleganze internazionali nel sistema post-bipolare

Neo-imperialismo, ritorno dello stato e processi di frammentazione

Cina: grande (im)potenza ?

Egemone incatenato. La politica estera americana nel XXI secolo


Il collasso del sistema internazionale
Prerequisites for admission
Teaching methods
Teaching Resources
Primo Levi, I sommersi e i salvati, Einaudi, 2007.

Luca Bellocchio, I sicari della pace, Meltemi, 2019

Articoli (reperibili on-line)

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

LE VITE DEGLI ALTRI, Regia di Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, 2006

TIME ENOUGH AT LAST, The twilight zone, 1959

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
SPS/04 - POLITICAL SCIENCE - University credits: 9
Lessons: 60 hours