Universität Wien FIND

400014 SE IR Theory and its operationalization (2018S)

SE Theory for Doctoral Candidates

Continuous assessment of course work


max. 15 participants
Language: German, English



Student hour on June 26 is canceled!


Aims, contents and method of the course

This SE helps doctoral candidates to find an appropriate theory of international relations for their theses. It also will make suggestions how to apply it to specific cases studies.
In the first step the major IR Theories will be introduced by the lector and the students themselves. They include among others (neo-)realism, liberal institutionalism, regime theory, English school, constructivism, interdependence and integrations theories, democratic peace, security communities.
In the second step the theories will be tested on some cases.
In the third step the students make one or more choices for their individual topics. They discuss the best way how to apply the theories to their cases.

Assessment and permitted materials

Application of IR-Theories on the individual cases and presentation.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Examination topics

Reading list

Bull, Hedley (1977). The Anarchical Society: A study of order in world politics, London.
Buzan, Barry (1993). The Level of Analysis Problem in International Relations Reconsidered (Papier vorgelegt bei der Konferenz der International Studies Association, Acapulco), erscheint als Kapitel in: Ken Booth/Steve Smith (Hg.) (1994), International Political Theory Today, London.
Buzan, Barry/Jones, Charles/Little Richard (1993). The Logic of Anarchy: Neorealism to Structural Realism, New York.
Deutsch, Karl W., Die Analyse internationaler Beziehungen, Frankfurt a.M., 1968. Deutsch, Karl W., Der Nationalismus und seine Alternativen, München, 1972. (Die Originalausgabe erschien unter dem Titel Nationalism and Its Alternatives, New York, 1969). Deutsch, Karl W./Singer David J., Multipolar Power Systems and International Stability, World Politics, Vol. XVI, No. 3, 1964, 390-406.
Gärtner, Heinz, Internationale Sicherheit - Definitionen von A-Z, Nomos, Baden-Baden, 2008 (2. Auflage).
Keohane, Robert O. (1989). International Institutions and State Power: Essays in International Relations Theory, Boulder-San Francisco-London.
Keohane, Robert O. (1990). Back to the Future, Part II: International Relations Theory and Post-Cold War Europe, in: International Security, Vol. 15, No. 2, Fall, 192-194.
Morgenthau, Hans J. (1978, erste Auflage 1948). Politics Among Nations: The Struggle for Power and Peace, New York.
Nye, Joseph S. (1990). Bound to Lead, The Changing Nature of American Power, New York.
Nye, Joseph S., The Paradox of American Power: Why the World’s Only Superpower Can’t Go It Alone Oxford, 2002.
Waltz, Kenneth N., Man, the State and War, New York, 1954, 1959.
Waltz, Kenneth N., Theory of International Politics, New York, 1979.
Wendt, Alexander, Social Theory of International Politics, Cambridge, 1999.

Association in the course directory

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