Political Area Studies


a) Identify key regional areas in a geopolitical perspective;
b) Understand how the regional areas influence states foreign policy;
c) Understand the relationships established between different regional areas.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Carmen Sofia Rodrigues Silva Fonseca


Weekly - 4

Total - 168

Teaching language



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ACHARYA, Amitav e JOHNSTON, Alastair Iain Johnston (eds.) – Crafting Cooperation. Regional International Institutions in Comparative Perspective, London: Oxford University Press, 2007.
BÖRZEL, Tanja A. e RISSE, Thomas – The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Regionalism. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016.
BUZAN, Barry e WAEVER, Ole – Regions and Powers. The Structure of International Security, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003.
COHEN, Saul B. – Geopolitics: The Geography of International Relations, Nova Iorque: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2008.
FAWCETT, Louise e HURRELL, Andrew (eds) – Regionalism in World Politics. Regional Organization and International Order, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995.
HURRELL, Andrew – «One world? Many worlds? The place of regions in the study of international society», In International Affairs, vol. 83, n.º 1, 2007, pp. 127–146

Teaching method

Presentation of the main issues debated during the course with a contextualization of concepts and problems. Collective discussion of the main points.


Evaluation method

Written exam(50%), bibliographic essay in group(50%)

Subject matter

1. Introduction
1.1. Concepts and current debates
2. The origins of Area StudiesAs origens dos Estudos de Área
2.1. The Geopolitics
2.2. The Regional dynamics
2.3. Theories of Regionalism
3. How to study and compare the regions?
4. Regions and the international system
5. The regions: political, security, institutional and identity dynamics


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