First year · International Relations

The Coming of Globalisation essay: How important are states in a globalised world?

Understanding globalization requires us to distinguish between three aspects: what is globalization, media globalization and the effects it produces. The first aspect, which can be described as “globalization itself” is defined by the IMF as “the growing economic interdependence of all countries of the world”. This interdependence is a process and therefore requires a dynamic… Continue reading The Coming of Globalisation essay: How important are states in a globalised world?

First year · International Relations

Book review: Cooper R. (2004) The Breaking of Nations, Atlantic: London.

The English political scientist and former diplomat and adviser Robert Cooper defends the thesis that Europe is entering a post-national era, in a world still marked by archaic forms of organization of sovereignty. His book The Breaking of Nations was published in 2004, just after the war in Irak. R. Cooper is a “neo-idealist” in… Continue reading Book review: Cooper R. (2004) The Breaking of Nations, Atlantic: London.

First year · Gender studies · International Relations

IPIR essay: How and on what levels are ‘gender issues’ marginalised in mainstream IR analysis?

Since the publication of Bananas, Beaches and Bases by US academic Cynthia Enloe in 1989, feminist analyses have attempted to access the field of international relations. Despite the fact that today feminist approaches in international relations are known and recognized, their development remains largely marginalised. Feminism and International relations might seem to be rather incompatible… Continue reading IPIR essay: How and on what levels are ‘gender issues’ marginalised in mainstream IR analysis?

First year · International Relations

IPGIR: Reflective essay

How not to get involved in politics? Nothing would be interesting and far-reaching since everything depends on it. Political science is the study of political processes involving power relations between individuals, groups, and within the state, but not only. It is important to not only grasp the meaning of what politics and international relations mean,… Continue reading IPGIR: Reflective essay

First year · International Relations

Summary: Huntington S. (1993) ‘The Clash of Civilizations?’ in: Foreign Affairs, Vol. 72, No. 3, pp. 22-49.

In this article, Huntington gives a first map of the division of the world into nine civilizations. Following the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the identity of a nation is less defined by belonging to a single nation. Several quite recent events illustrate this new collective behaviour. In January 1992 just after the… Continue reading Summary: Huntington S. (1993) ‘The Clash of Civilizations?’ in: Foreign Affairs, Vol. 72, No. 3, pp. 22-49.

First year · International Relations

IPGIR: Define ‘Politics’

According to Adrian Leftwich, “politics is at the heart of all collective social activity, formal and informal, public and private, in all human groups, institutions and societies”.   In my opinion, this definition is the most appropriate because it is one of the most general ones. It shows that politics is related to everyone, as… Continue reading IPGIR: Define ‘Politics’

First year · Sociology

Sociological Imagination: Skills Workbook

COMPONENT ONE: List the advantages and disadvantages of Official Statistics Advantages: Official statistics use large samples, which increases the reliability, Cost and time: official statistics are most of the time accessible and free, which gives more time for data analysis, Use of rigorous sampling techniques because information is collected in a standardized way, Opportunity for… Continue reading Sociological Imagination: Skills Workbook