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POLKVS31/32/33 Research Workshop: 'The Practice Turn in International Relations: Emerging Research in Security, Diplomatic, and Peace Studies' 2 ECTS
Period I Period II Period III Period IV
Language of instruction
Type or level of studies
Advanced studies
Course unit descriptions in the curriculum
Degree Programme in Politics
International Relations
School of Management

Learning outcomes

Having completed the course, participants will: gain a conceptual and substantive understanding of how the practice approach has been used within security, diplomatic, and peace studies; be able to critically assess how practice approaches relate to the main theoretical approaches in international relations; be able to evaluate methodological strategies for designing practice-oriented research.

General description

The practice turn focused scholarly attention on the role that habits, understandings, and practices play in shaping international relations.  The premise of this approach is that social reality is constituted by individuals acting upon and in the world, and their ways of doing things and their discursive practices and understandings shape the nature of international relations.  Security, diplomatic and peace studies have been domains in which the practice approach has flourished.  The practice turn has also served an important bridge between the scholarly and practitioner communities. This workshop will situate the practice turn within the broader study of international relations and, in hands-on activities, will help students consider how to incorporate a practice approach into their research projects on security, diplomacy and peace studies.  As such, preparatory work by the participants, including a short paper, is required prior to the workshop.  Participants must be prepared to use moodle as part of the preparatory work for the course.  Following the workshop, participants will complete a 10 page paper incorporating a practice approach.

Enrolment for University Studies

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Katie Laatikainen, Teacher responsible


7-Apr-2017 – 11-Apr-2017
Seminar 12 hours
Fri 7-Apr-2017 at 10-14, Pinni A4086
Mon 10-Apr-2017 at 10-14, Pinni A4086
Tue 11-Apr-2017 at 10-14, Pinni A3064


Numeric 1-5.

Further information

Pre-requisite:  students should have completed or take concurrently the program’s research design course.

Additional reading, essay themes and further instructions will be given later.  


Max 16 students will be taken to research workshop.

Those accepted  will start  working  at the moodle  one week before, March 27th."