International Relations Theory II

Academic year
Subject Area
Political Science – International Relations
Language of Instruction
Mode of Delivery
ECTS Credits
1st Cycle Studies

Recommended Prerequisites

Knowledge of English.


Teaching Methods

Lectures of systematization of contents, on the basis of a dynamic presentation and discussion of studying materials assuring interaction with the students, to guarantee an adequate follow-up to the scientific contents of the discipline. Practical lectures of discussion and analysis of fundamental texts to a deep study of these theoretical approaches. The watching of movies and the debate that follows are helpful in consolidating the contents at study. The lecturer/student interaction is fundamental in a logic of acquisition of knowledge, development of analytical skills and critical analysis

Learning Outcomes

This curricular unit aims at exposing the students to the main theoretical approaches and debates within the International Relations discipline, since its creation as an autonomous scientific discipline (early 20th century) until the early 21st century and the post-positivist debates. This curricular unit aims at providing the students with fundamental knowledge related to the theoretical assumptions, authors, works of reference and debates. It aims also the development of argumentative skills, and developing competencies of critical assessment, in theoretical terms, and with regard of the analysis of the international reality and of the different readings that these theoretical approaches allow in the analysis and understanding of these. In this way, it is envisaged the development of instrumental skills, at the cognitive and methodological levels, as well as interpersonal competencies, essential to the development of argumentative and critical analysis skills.

Work Placement(s)




1 – Main theoretical debates in International Relations: a historiographical analysis

2 – Idealism: assumptions, authors, critics

3 – Classical Realism: assumptions, authors, critics

4 – Neo-Realism and Institutionalism Liberal: the inter-paradigmatic debate

5 – Marxism and neomarxism: assumptions, authors, critics

6 – English School: assumptions, authors, critics


Head Lecturer(s)

André Filipe Valadas Saramago

Assessment Methods

Final Assessment
Exam: 100.0%

Continuous Assessment
Presentation and discussion of a topic in class - 20%; Participation in class and contribution to the debate 10%: 30.0%
Written essay on a previously defined topic : 30.0%
Test: 40.0%


BALDWIN, David, Neorealism and neoliberalism: the contemporary debate, Columbia University Press, 1993.

CARR, E.H., The Twenty years’ crisis: 1919-1939, Basingstoke, Palgrave, 2001.

DOYLE, M., “Kant, liberal legacies, and foreign affairs”, Philosophy and Public Affairs, vol.12, n.3/4, 1983.

KEOHANE, Robert (ed), Neorealism and its critics, Oxford, Oxford University Press, New York: Columbia University Press, 1986.

LINKLATER, Andrew e SUGANAMI, Hidemi, The English School of International Relations: A Contemporary Reassessment. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2006.

MEARSHEIMER, John, “The False Promise of International Institutions”, International Security, vol.19, n. 3, 1994/1995, pp.5-49.

MORGENTHAU, Hans, Politics among nations: the struggle for power and peace, revised by Kenneth W. Thompson. Brief ed, New York, McGraw-Hill, 1993.

WALTZ, Kenneth, Theory of International Politics, New York, McGraw-Hill, 1979.