Elective: The Transformation of (Inter-) National Political Community

Course description Elective: The Transformation of (Inter-) National Political Community
Year: 2017-2018
Catalog number: 5183KEL34
Teacher(s):
  • Dr. J.H. Valk
Language: English
Blackboard: Yes
EC: 10
Level: 400
Period: Semester 2, Block III, IV
  • No Elective choice
  • No Contractonderwijs
  • No Exchange
  • No Study Abroad
  • No Evening course
  • No A la Carte
  • No Honours Class

Admission requirements

This course is only available for students in the BA International Studies.
The number of participants is limited to 25.

Description

This course examines the transformation of (inter-)national political community. It does so, for one, by looking at various descriptions of the character of the existing Westphalian state system and its historical emergence. In this regard, thematics explored may include the continuity and discontinuity between the political order of medieval Europe and the Westphalian state system to which it gave birth, early modern and Enlightenment notions of the society of states, English School discussions of pluralist and solidarist international societies, (neo-)realist notions of the anarchical international system, and liberal internationalist notions of international cooperation. The course also examines the transformation of (inter-)national political community from the perspective of prescriptions for change to the existing Westphalian state system so as to better navigate the challenge of universality and difference. In this regard, thematics explored may include classical realist notions of the balance of power and of diplomacy, liberal and critical cosmopolitanisms, neo-medievalism, or postmodern calls for more radical, deterritorialized post-Westphalian forms of political community.

Course objectives

The elective courses for International Studies are designed to teach students how to deal with state-of-the-art literature and research questions. They are chosen to enhance the students’ learning experience by building on the interdisciplinary perspectives they have developed so far, and to introduce them to the art of academic research. They are characterised by an international or comparative approach.

Academic skills that are trained include:
Oral presentation skills:
  1. to explain clear and substantiated research results;
  2. to provide an answer to questions concerning (a subject) in the field covered by the course
    a. in the form of a clear and well-structured oral presentation;
    b. in agreement with the appropriate disciplinary criteria;
    c. using up-to-date presentation techniques;
    d. aimed at a specific audience;
  3. to actively participate in a discussion following the presentation.
Collaboration skills:
  1. to be socio-communicative in collaborative situations;
  2. to provide and receive constructive criticism, and incorporate justified criticism by revising one’s own position;
  3. adhere to agreed schedules and priorities.
Basic research skills, including heuristic skills:
  1. to collect and select academic literature using traditional and digital methods and techniques;
  2. to analyze and assess this literature with regard to quality and reliability;
  3. to formulate on this basis a sound research question;
  4. to design under supervision a research plan of limited scope, and implement it using the methods and techniques that are appropriate within the discipline involved;
  5. to formulate a substantiated conclusion.
Written presentation skills:
  1. to explain clear and substantiated research results;
  2. to provide an answer to questions concerning (a subject) in the field covered by the course
    a. in the form of a clear and well-structured oral presentation;
    b. in agreement with the appropriate disciplinary criteria;
    c. using relevant illustration or multimedia techniques;
    d. aimed at a specific audience.

Timetable

The timetable is available on the BA International Studies website.

Mode of instruction

Seminars are held every week, with the exception of the midterm exam week. This course includes supervised research.

Course Load

Total course load for this course is 10 EC (1 EC = 28 hours), this equals 280 hours, broken down by:

  • Attending lectures: 2 hours per week x 12 weeks = 24 hours
  • Studying the compulsory literature: 96 hours (8 hours per week x 12 weeks)
  • Writing reflection paper annd preparing seminar leadership: 20 hours
  • Writing research essay: 140 hours

Assessment method

Assessment & Weighing

50% Research paper (5000wds)
20% Participation
20% Reflection paper (1500wds)
10% Seminar leadership based on reflection paper

End grade

To successfully complete the course, please take note that the end grade of the course is established by determining the weighted average.

Resit

Students who have been active participants in class and submitted the final paper on time, but scored an overall insufficient mark, are entitled to a resit. For the resit, students are given a chance to hand in a new version of the final paper.
In case of resubmission of the final essay (insufficient grade only) the final grade for the essay will be lowered as a consequence of the longer process of completion. The deadline for resubmission is 10 working days after receiving the grade for the final essay.

Retaking a passing grade

Please consult the Course and Examination Regulations 2017 – 2018.

Exam review

How and when an exam review takes place will be determined by the examiner. This review will be within 30 days after official publication of exam results.

Blackboard

Blackboard will be used for tutorial groups. Students are requested to enroll on Blackboard for this course, but only after correct enrolment in uSis.

Reading list

To be announced.

Registration

Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.

General information about uSis can be found here.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable.

Contact

Dr. J.H. Valk

When contacting the lecturer, please include your full name, student number and tutorial group number.

Remarks

The deadline for submission of the final essay is 15 June 2018.

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