Masterseminar: Constructivism and Poststructuralism in IR Theory (Module: MR-1, MR-3, MR-4 und IPIR-3; Politische Theorie des Regierens, Internationale Organisationen und Institutionen, Frieden und Sicherheit, Ziele und Handlungsfelder globalen Regierens)


The seminar commences with a critical appraisal of Alexander Wendt’s Social Theory of International Politics, since this is not only one of the most widely processed and reviewed constructivist works in the field of IR, but also makes use of a sophisticated concept of culture and is essential for gaining a constructivist understanding of culture and ideas in international politics. Wendt’s theory offers intriguing insights into the ‘structure’ of international politics. However, Wendt has been criticized for a number of reasons, which will be the focus of the second part of the seminar. Here, we will transcend constructivist theorizing and develop an explicitly poststructuralist perspective on IR theory.




Guzzini Stefano, Leander, Anna (2006) Constructivism in International Relations. Alexander Wendt and his Critics. London/New York: Routledge.

Wendt, Alexander (1999) Social Theory of International Politics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Nabers, Dirk (2015) Crisis and change: A discourse theory of global politics. London/New York: Palgrave Macmillan.