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2013/2014  KAN-2TIL  Theories of International Law and Politics

English Title
Theories of International Law and Politics

Course information

Language English
Exam ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Semester
Course period Spring
Time Table Please see course schedule at e-Campus
Study board
Study Board for BSc/MSc i International Business and Politics, MSc
Course coordinator
  • Henrik Andersen - Law Department (LAW)
Main academic disciplines
  • Philosophy and philosophy of science
  • International Politics
Last updated on 10-06-2013
Learning objectives
By the end of the course, the student should be able to:
  • Identify and explain the main theories of international law and place them in historical context.
  • Describe how the main theories of international law distinguish between international law and international politics.
  • Identify and explain what role non-state actors (i.e. natural and legal persons, international organisations) play in international law according to the main theories of international law.
  • Explain how international law, as it is currently understood by modern theories of international law, is relevant to the activities of international businesses and organisations.
  • Apply the theories of international law studied in the course to specific cases involving issues relevant to international organisations or businesses.
Examination form Home assignment - written product
Individual or group exam Individual
Size of written product Max. 15 pages
Assignment type Written assignment
Duration Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) One internal examiner
Exam period Summer Term
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Course content and structure
The course will cover the main theories of public international law, including sociolegal theories, positivism, critical legal studies, feminist theory, and liberalism as well as selected texts in modern political philosophical approaches to the international legal order. 

The course it focuses both on the fundamental theoretical and philosophical assumptions underlying legal and political theories that seek to explain or justify the international (legal) order as well as on examples of how these theories may be used to analyze specific issues.
Teaching methods
Lectures and discussions.
Last updated on 10-06-2013