Histoire des relations internationales (MHCG1241 – 15h)
This course provides the knowledge and competences needed to understand of the history and of the analysis of international phenomena.
More precisely, the course aims to make students:
(i) gain knowledge of the main events, actors and stakes of international relations;
(ii) understand the main concepts and theories used in international relations (at the end of the course, students will be able to associate each concept/theory to at least one concrete example); and
(iii) develop analytical skills and a critical mind with regards to the ideas produced by observers and practitioners on the international scene (at the end of the course, students will be able to discuss in detail the information contained in short publications dealing with international relations).
In the bachelor’s programme, this course insists on reasoning. Internationalists have been inspired by history and by former academic work to propose new analytical tools. The efforts they have made, to constantly link theory to practice is at the core of this course, which presents the events, concepts and theories that shape the International Relations discipline.
While crucial for students, the course currently lacks a clear common thread discussing key concepts and theories of the history of global politics. The EUGlobalGreen Chair will enable the Chair Holder to use the history of European diplomacy and EU external actions on the environment to create this common thread while introducing students to new and relevant international issues.
Among other things, while introducing students to peace conference diplomacy, the Chair Holder will present a lecture on the diplomatic efforts, initially on technical energy issues, leading to the creation of the European Union;
while explaining colonisation and decolonisation, she will explain the key role of natural resources’ competition among European empires; and while introducing Cold War dynamics, she will develop the important role of the EU during the Chernobyl disaster.