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State Making and the Origins of the International System

Bachelor course (TERM 3). 7,5 credits. Political science. Autumn term and Spring term.
STVC73 - State Making and the Origins of the International System (7.5 credits)

This course explores the evolution of states as units of political organization from a long-term and interdisciplinary perspective. In particular, the course combines perspectives from comparative politics and international relations to analyze three general questions:

1) What caused the emergence and diffusion of states as a form of political organization?

2) What explains the various functions that states have served over time?

3) How do states relate with one another and what are their effects on the structure of international systems?

As we address these questions, we will touch on issues related to security and conflict, political economy, and international organizations.

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Department of Political Science
Lund University
Visiting address: Allhelgona kyrkogata 14 (House: Eden)
Postal address: Box 52, SE-221 00 LUND
Telephone: +46 46-222 89 52

Faculty of Social Sciences