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Robert G. Moser, Chair BAT 2.116, Mailcode A1800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-5121

Spring 2006

GOV 388K • Study of International Relations

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
38175 M
3:00 PM-6:00 PM
BUR 232

Course Description

Graduate standing required. Consent of graduate adviser must be obtained. This graduate course on the study of international relations will survey the some of the most prominent contributions to the field during the past thirty years. It will be conceptually organized around the question of how social order is constructed in a political system made unique by the absence of a centralized structure of political authority. While exploring questions of research design, methodology, and ontology, our discussions of theory will focus on the following sources of order: balance of power, hegemony, technology, globalization, ideas, norms, international organizations, nation states, and domestic regime type.

Grading Policy

Your final grade will be tabulated as follows: Class participation 20% Reading journal 10% Three short papers 30% Final Exam 40%


Kenneth N. Waltz. 1979. Theory of International Politics. Addison Wesley. Robert Gilpin. 1981. War and Change in World Politics. Cambridge University Press. Robert O. Keohane. 1984. After Hegemony: Cooperation and Discord in the World Political Economy. Princeton University Press. Jack Snyder. 1991. Myths of Empire: Domestic Politics and International Ambition. Cornell University Press. David A. Lake and Robert Powell, eds. 1999. Strategic Choice and International Relations. Princeton University Press. Helen V. Milner. 1997. Interests, Institutions, and Information: Domestic Politics and International Relations. Princeton University Press. Alexander Wendt. 1999. Social Theory of International Politics. Cambridge University Press. Kenneth A. Schultz. 2001. Democracy and Coercive Diplomacy. Cambridge University Press. G. John Ikenberry. 2001. After Victory: Institutions, Strategic Restraint, and the Rebuilding of Order After Major Wars. Princeton University Press. Peter J. Katzenstein. 2005. A World of Regions: Asia and Europe in the Age of American Imperium. Cornell University Press.


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