Great Powers and the Crisis of the International System

A.Y. 2020/2021
9
Max ECTS
60
Overall hours
SSD
SPS/04
Language
Italian
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 collapse 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
The dominant powers

The foreign policy of the dominant powers

The globalization of hostility: the USSR-US antagonism

A united Europe after disasters. Geopolitical illusion, necessary dream

The chaos after '89

Form and strength of international alliances in the post-bipolar system

Neo-imperialism, return of the state and processes of fragmentation

China: great power?

Chained hegemon. American foreign policy in the 21st century

Anglosphere?

The collapse of the international system
Prerequisites for admission
none
Teaching methods
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.
Teaching Resources
Libri

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



FILM

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

George Carlin, SAVING THE PLANET
Assessment methods and Criteria
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 collapse of the international system.
SPS/04 - POLITICAL SCIENCE - University credits: 9
Lessons: 60 hours