International Policy, 7.5 credits

Internationell politik, 7.5 hp


Main field of study

Political Science

Course level

First cycle

Course type

Single subject and programme course


Mikael Blomdahl

Course coordinator

Mikael Blomdahl

Director of studies or equivalent

Mariana S Gustafsson


ECV = Elective / Compulsory / Voluntary
Course offered for Semester Weeks Language Campus ECV
Single subject course (Full-time, Day-time) Spring 2021 202119-202123 Swedish Linköping, Valla
F7KPO Bachelor´s Programme in Political science and economics 2 (Spring 2021) 202119-202123 Swedish Linköping, Valla C

Main field of study

Political Science

Course level

First cycle

Advancement level


Course offered for

  • Bachelor´s Programme in Political science and economics

Entry requirements

General entry requirements for undergraduate studies

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student should be able to

  • demonstrate knowledge of basic concepts and theories of international policy, as well as knowledge of central international actors, processes and institutions,
  • account for how theories, concepts and institutions arise, and are change, and are interpreted in different historical, political and epistemological contexts,
  • in writing, reflect on and critically relate to phenomena, concepts and theories and, at a seminar, orally account for own lines of reasoning and relate to other students' corresponding achievements,
  • argue for and against, and compare and contrast, different theories of international policy, and apply them on historical or contemporary examples,
  • take a critical approach to arguments and interpretation, from both epistemological, ethical and democratic perspectives.

Course content

The course covers basic concepts and theories of international policy and different historical and contemporary phenomena in international policy, such as the UN system, international security policy and international cooperation.

Teaching and working methods

The course includes lectures where the course contents are introduced and developed. The lectures complement the reading list. The seminars provide an opportunity for discussion and advanced studies of certain parts of the course. The student should be well prepared for the lectures and, in particular, for the seminars. The student should study the reading list independently.

Parts that involve examination are compulsory.


The course is examined through a written examination at the end of the course and participation in the seminars and a role play.

If the LiU coordinator for students with disabilities has granted a student the right to an adapted examination for a written examination in an examination hall, the student has the right to it. If the coordinator has instead recommended for the student an adapted examination or alternative form of examination, the examiner may grant this if the examiner assesses that it is possible, based on consideration of the course objectives.

Students failing an exam covering either the entire course or part of the course twice are entitled to have a new examiner appointed for the reexamination.

Students who have passed an examination may not retake it in order to improve their grades.


Three-grade scale, U, G, VG

Other information

Planning and implementation of a course must take its starting point in the wording of the syllabus. The course evaluation included in each course must therefore take up the question how well the course agrees with the syllabus. 

The course is carried out in such a way that both men´s and women´s experience and knowledge is made visible and developed.


Institutionen för ekonomisk och industriell utveckling
Code Name Scope Grading scale
SPEL Role Play 1 credits U, G
SEMI Mandatory Assignments 1 credits U, G
EXA1 Written Examination 5.5 credits U, G, VG

Regulary literature


Gustavsson, Jakob, Tallberg, Jonas, (2014) Internationella relationer 3., uppdaterade och utök. uppl. Lund : Studentlitteratur, 2014

ISBN: 9789144102801


Abdelal, R., Meunier, S., Managed globalization: Doctrine, practice and promise Journal of European Public Policy (Journal of European Public Policy, April 2010, 17(3):350-367)
Finnemore, Martha, Sikkink, Kathryn, TAKING STOCK: The Constructivist Research Program in International Relations and Comparative Politics Annual Review of Political Science 2001, Vol. 4 Issue 1, p391. 26p.
Fukuda-Parr, S., Hulme, D., International norm dynamics and the "end of poverty": Understanding the millennium development goals Global Governance (Global Governance, 2011, 17(1):17-36)
Pattberg, P., Widerberg, O., Theorising global environmental governance: Key findings and future questions Millennium: Journal of International Studies (Millennium: Journal of International Studies, 22 January 2015, 43(2):684-705)
Shaffer, G., How the World Trade Organization shapes regulatory governance Regulation and Governance (Regulation and Governance, 1 March 2015, 9(1):1-15)

Additional literature


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