GOV S360N • Introduction to International Relations
11:30 AM-1:00 PM
Course number may be repeated for credit when the topics vary. This course surveys theoretical approaches to the study of international relations (IR). Why do nations go to war? How can states confront the challenge of international terrorism? Is military force still relevant in an age of economic globalization? The readings in this course work toward developing an understanding of recurrent patterns in world politics. Our goal is to apply contending theoretical perspectives on internatinal relations to practical questions and issues in order to draw conclusions relevant to broader policy debates. Among the many topics addresses in the course are the historical development of relations among states, the nature of the international system, security dilemmas, and the challenges of global terrorism and weapons proliferation.
Two exams: 30% each Fianl exam: 35% Attendance & participation: 5%
Robert Art and Robert Jervis, eds., International Politics: Enduring Concepts and Contemporary Issues. Longman, 2005. William Keylor, The Twentieth-Century World: An International History, 4th ed. Oxford University Press, 2001. John Mearsheimer, The Tragedy of Great Power Politics. Norton, 2003. Joseph Nye, Understanding International Conflicts. Prentice Hall, 2005.