Regionalism is a pivotal and much studied feature within the field of Politics and International Relations. This module aims to provide a critical examination of the history, as well as key issues and processes related to the development of regionalism in world politics. The module starts with an historical overview of regionalism, by looking at continuities and discontinuities from the first formal regional initiatives in the 1950s and 1960s to the wave of “new regionalism” we have witnessed since the late 1980s. The module then zooms in at the most important theoretical perspectives, key concepts and methodologies used to study regionalism. Next, the module will study regionalism in different parts of the world: Europe, the Americas, the Asia Pacific region and the Middle East and Africa. By doing so, the module aims to explain variation and possible similarities in the drivers, institutional set-up, as well as depth and scope of the different regional initiatives across the globe. In the last two weeks, the module will look at the complex relationship between the growing importance of regional groupings and the current and future world order, as well as discuss the future of regionalism in the wake of the 2008 global financial crisis, Brexit and the election of Trump.
Module learning outcomes
to encourage critical thinking among students about key theories and issues related to regionalism in the context of world politics;
to provide students with the analytical and empirical background that allows them to engage with key debates on regionalism and to investigate regionalism and its effects on the global order;
to provide students with knowledge on the history and structure of regionalism in different parts of the world and the impact of regionalism on the global political order;
to help students further develop scientific and practical key skills such as understanding complex concepts and theories, preparing and giving oral and written presentations, studying primary and secondary sources, group work and independent learning.
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Special assessment rules
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Students will receive written timely feedback on their formative assessment. They will also have the opportunity to discuss their feedback during the module tutor’s feedback and guidance hours.
Students will receive written feedback on their summative assessment no later than six weeks after submission; and the module tutor will hold a specific session to discuss feedback, which students can also opt to attend. They will also have the opportunity to discuss their feedback during the module tutor’s regular feedback and guidance hours.
Cooper, A.; Hughes, C.; and De Lombaerde, P (eds) (2008) Regionalisation and Global Governance, Routledge
Fawcett, L. L. E., & Hurrell, A. (1995). Regionalism in world politics: regional organization and international order. Oxford University Press.
Gamble, A., & Payne, A. (Eds.). (1996). Regionalism and world order (p. 250). Macmillan.
Mansfield, E. D., & Milner, H. V. (1997). The political economy of regionalism. Columbia University Press.
Van Langenhove, L. (2013). Building regions: the regionalization of the world order. Ashgate.
In addition, students will study a selected number of book chapters, journal- and newspaper articles