World Politics

3 credits / 9 weeks weeks
3 Jun 2024 - 4 Aug 2024

Professor Ross Ryan

This course provides historical context and a theoretical foundation for the study of contemporary world politics. Approaching the topic from the perspective of Peace and Conflict Studies, the course begins by conceptualizing issues of globalization, interdependence, sovereignty, history, and international relations, and considers various cultural and ethical debates related to issues of development, order, security, diversity, and peace. Following a focused and critical consideration of the concept of global governance, the course then moves to a discussion of key international and transnational structures, including regional bodies, the United Nations, and other formal institutions, as well as less formal associations, movements, and other examples of global connectivity. The course ends with students applying the theoretical tools they have developed in the course to specific topics in world politics, such as migration and war.

Ross Ryan

Ross Ryan is currently a doctoral candidate researching the history of war and peace at McMaster University, Canada, where he is also affiliated with the Centre for Human Rights and Restorative Justice. His research is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). Professor Ryan taught in the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies at the University for Peace, Costa Rica, for over a decade (2007-2019), where he also coordinated the Media and Peace MA programme and edited two of the university’s journals: Peace and Conflict Monitor and Peace and Conflict Review.

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