Course level: Undergraduate
Power is an essentially contested concept in the social sciences. This English-speaking course introduces students to various facets of the concept of power in analyzing world politics. We will seek to harness the disciplinary diversity of students in order to approach power from different disciplinary angles. The course is structured in three parts. In the first part, we acquaint ourselves with power as a concept in the social sciences and International Relations. In the second part, we discuss different forms of power drawing on a well-known typology in the field. In the third part, we review selected empirical applications and contemporary themes in power analysis, including power shifts from West to East and power and the digital revolution.