International Relations Theory I

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

Recommended Prerequisites

International Organizations and knowledge of English.

Teaching Methods

Lectures of systematization of contents, on the basis of a dynamic of presentation and discussion of studying materials assuring interaction with the students, in order to guarantee an adequate follow-up to the contents of the discipline. International Relations theory in practice: movies followed by discussion

Learning Outcomes

Overall objectives

Starting from the main developments in the international setting, this course analyses the main current debates in International Relations. Particular attention will be paid to the theoretical (reflexivist and post-modern) approaches that question the mainstream understandings of the world.

Specific competencies and objectives

-   To understand the importance of theory as a tool to analyse the world.

-   To know the main authors, concepts and theoretical approaches in the field of contemporary IR.

-   To understand the connection between theory and practice.

Generic competencies

Development of the following competencies: capacity of analysis and synthesis, reading comprehension in English, ability to work in groups

Work Placement(s)



1 – Theorising IR: debates, concepts and introductory analysis

2 – Constructivism

3 – Marxism and Critical Theory

4 – Feminism

5 – Post-structuralism

Head Lecturer(s)

Maria Raquel de Sousa Freire

Assessment Methods

Final Assessment
Exam: 100.0%

Continuous Assessment
Participation in class: 40.0%
4 intermediate tests : 60.0%


CRAVINHO,João Gomes-Visões do mundo:as relações internacionais e o mundo contemporâneo. Lisboa:ICS-Imprensa de Ciências Sociais,2002.[BP 327 CRA]
CRITICAL theorists and international relations.Ed.Jenny Edkins,Nick Vaughan-Williams.London :Routledge,2009.[BP 327 CRI]
HANDBOOK of international relations.Ed.Walter Carlsnaes,Thomas Risse and Beth Simmons. London:Sage Publications,2005.[BP 327 HAN]
INTERNATIONAL relations theory for the twenty-first century:an Martin Griffiths.London:Routledge,2007.[BP 327 INT]
NOGUEIRA,João Pontes; MESSARI,Nizar-Teoria das relações internacionais:[correntes e debates].2ª reimp..Rio de Janeiro:Elsevier/Editora Campus,2005.[BP 327 NOG]
THEORIES of international relations.Scott Burchill [et al.].3rd ed.rev.and upd..Basingstoke :Palgrave Macmillan,2005.[BP 327 THE]
WEBER,Cynthia-International relations theory:a critical introduction.3rd ed..London: Routledge,2010.[BP 327 WEB]