Contemporary International System (Only 5 ECTS Credits)

Universidad Pompeu Fabra

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Contemporary International System (Only 5 ECTS Credits)

  • Host University

    Universidad Pompeu Fabra

  • Location

    Barcelona, Spain

  • Area of Study

    Legal Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This course is only worth 5 ECTS credits, which typically transfers back as 2.5 US semester credits. Please confirm with an advisor at your home university that you will be able to receive credit for this course before requesting to enroll in it.


    This course aims at providing Law students with the necessary theoretical and practical tools for the understanding of the
    contemporary international system. More specifically, the goal of this course is to familiarize students with the notions of
    international system, international society, international community and power, as well as with the origins and evolution of
    the contemporary international society. What is the role of values and interests in the international system? How does the
    distribution of power among States affect the stability of a particular international system? When were established the
    foundations of the post-Cold war contemporary international society? What has been the impact of globalization on the
    evolution of the contemporary international society? What are the main challenges confronting this society? What are the
    global governance' mechanisms in place to cope with them? In order to address these and other relevant questions, the
    syllabus of the course is divided into three complementary sections: the first one identifies and defines the main
    theoretical conceptions for the study of the international system; the second one covers the emergence and evolution of
    the contemporary international society between the Second World War and the end of the Cold War period; finally, the
    third section analyzes the transformation of the post-Cold War international society and the main challenges it faces.

Course Disclaimer

Please note that there are no beginning level Spanish courses offered in this program.

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.