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KASU1307 International Relations of Resilience, 10 ECTS cr. 
Code KASU1307  Validity 01.01.1950 -
Name International Relations of Resilience  Abbreviation International R 
Credits10 ECTS cr.  Date of expiry  
TypeAdvanced studies Subject0322 International Relations 
ClassCourse  Hours  
Study right   GradingPass, Fail, Grades 1-5 
Recommended timing 
Organisation Faculty of Social Sciences 


After completion of the course the student is able to
- engage in critical analysis of conceptual, theoretical and debates concerning resilience
- recognize ontological and epistemological premises of the theory of resilience and reflect on its implications for theories and debates concerning the state of international relations today
- demonstrate independent judgment and communication at a level commensurate with master’s degree studies.


International Relations are saturated today by demands for ‘resilience’; of states, of societies, of groups and individuals. Likewise non-human systems, especially the environment, are increasingly understood as inherently resilient yet also vulnerable. Scholars of International Relations argue that this represents a dramatic shift in the building blocks of international order and that resilience has effectively replaced security as its guiding principle. This course will investigate the significance of this development in the world of international relations. What is resilience and why has it become so central to policies and practices internationally? Does it represent progress in international relations or a setback? What help can different theories of international relations provide in enabling our understanding of it? How does the emergence of this discourse of resilience change our understandings of the limits of international relations theory?

Previous studies 

BA Studies


Lectures and seminars (14 h). Independent work.


Participation in lectures and seminars, including a seminar presentation (5 op), and a written assignment (5 op).

More literature information and extra material 

To be distributed at the beginning of the course.


Fail: Performance is highly deficient or erroneous. The work may be based on serious misunderstandings.

Sufficient and satisfactory (1-2): Performance is lacking in scope, superficial, or corresponds poorly to the assignment. The author merely lists things out of context or addresses them one-sidedly. The work may contain errors or obscurities.

Good and very good (3-4): Performance corresponds to the assignment, manifesting comprehension and a skill to analyse and justify. The author has addressed the issue comprehensively. The work may contain some deficiencies.

Excellent (5): Performance delineates an extensive whole and the author can apply knowledge in a multifaceted way or place it in various contexts. The work manifests independency and insight, and it is a flawless entity that involves justified thinking or critical contemplation. The work is well written and implemented.


Period 3.


Current and upcoming courses
Functions Name Type ECTS cr. Teacher Schedule
Registration not required. International Relations of Resilience  Lecture course  10  Julian Reid 
10.01.22mon 08.00-10.00
21.01.22fri 08.00-12.00
24.01.22mon 08.00-12.00
26.01.22wed 08.00-12.00

Upcoming exams
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