Informace ohledně volitelného kurzu KPE/VK13

Datum vložení: 04.02.2015

Autor: Ivana Grenová


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níže najdete bližší informace k výběrovému kurzu KPE/VK13: Responding to crises with measures short of force.

Kurz je primárně určen pro studenty magisterského programu. Sylabus najdete v sekci Studijní záležitosti.

Ivana Grenová


Responding to crises with measures short of force ECTS Credits: 6 Max no. of students: 20 Level: graduate Language: english Format: lecture blocks with seminars Course description The course will introduce students to both multilateral and unilateral contemporary responses to crises and conflict short of the use of force. Focusing on gradually rising levels of coercion the course is designed to introduce both theory and practice of these foreign policy instruments, including mediation, foreign aid, economic suasion, and especially sanctions. The course aims to provide a deeper understanding of said measures and their current evolution. Students will be introduced to conceptual approaches of major IR theories to crisis management, the historical evolution of individual measures short of force, both as standalone instruments and within specific international organizations. Special emphasis will be put on most recent developments and current issues in the practical employment of structural and immediate crisis prevention and crisis management with political and economic instruments. The course will be heavily dedicated to especially multilateral sanctions as the bridging instrument “between words and war” with explanations of the mechanism of their functioning, efficiency, evolution, and shortcomings. Students will also have the opportunity to study and discuss current controversies in ongoing crises. Course requirements Students are required to give presentations on assigned topics following the course syllabus and complementing designated literature, as well as submit 1 group essay focusing on crisis addressed by the UN, EU, AU, or US to be specified individually. A list of topics for both presentations and essays will be available upon reaching a final student count. Lectures do not require attendance, however material covered by the lecturer and in student presentations is part of the final exam. The course is concluded by a final graded exam. The final grade shall consist of a ratio of 20 (presentation) : 15 (discussions) : 15 (short group essay) : 50 (final exam). Grading 100 - 95 points = A 94 - 88 points = B 87 - 77 points = C 76 - 68 points = D 67 - 60 points = E less than 60 points = F = failed Individual Requirements Readings Due to the block nature of the course, readings are doubled for each week. Articles that must be read prior to lectures are indicated by R1. Presentation (20) Students will be able to choose a topic for presentation. Presentations are individual tasks and should last approx. 15 minutes. Students will be given a departing article to align the focus of the presentation. The aim however is to present the crucial points of the topic, major debate points, opinions of key institutions or players in the issue at hand and provide incentive for further discussion within the class by presenting a personal informed opinion. Group essay (15) A 2-person essay will be submitted before the exam period on designated topics. While short in length it will require collaboration in order to provide an analysis where 1 student will be responsible for the PROS and the other student for the CONS of a sanction regime in a designated scenario. The intent of the collaboration is to provide arguments and direct counterarguments in the essay. Discussion (15) Points are awarded for participation in the class and in class discussions pertaining to the lecture material or presentations. Final exam (50) A final exam from all lectures and all required literature will be held at the end of the semester.