GOV 388K • Study of International Relations
3:30 PM-6:30 PM
This course offers an introduction to theories of international relations (IR). We review a vast range of contemporary scholarship, examining diverse schools of thought, distinct methodological approaches, and contested substantive domains over the course of the semester. At the end of the seminar, you will know a great deal about (the study of) international relations, but you will also have a good sense of how much more there is to know. Our aim is to review core problems in the field and to aid in your preparation for preliminary exams.
Required texts: Colin Elman and Miriam Fendius Elman, eds. Progress in International Relations Theory: Appraising the Field. MIT Press, 2003. Robert O. Keohane, ed. Neorealism and Its Critics. New York: Columbia, 1986. Michael W. Doyle, Ways of War and Peace. New York: W. W. Norton, 1997. Alexander Wendt , Social Theory of International Politics. New York: Cambridge, 1999. Kenneth A. Schultz, Democracy and Coercive Diplomacy. New York: Cambridge, 2001. Stephen M. Walt, The Origins of Alliances. Ithaca: Cornell, 1987. Helen V. Milner, Interests, Institutions, and Information. Princeton: Princeton, 1997. Hedley Bull, The Anarchical Society, 3rd ed. New York: Columbia, 2002.