Fall 2008 Course Description

The Nature of the International System

Instructor(s): Alan Kuperman
Course: P A 387G - The Nature of the International System
Unique Number: 64760
Day & Time: Tuesdays, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Room: SRH 3.108
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This course fulfills requirements for the following specialization(s):

Description: This course introduces the systematic analysis of international affairs, factors that motivate foreign policies and private decisions, and instruments used in the conduct of international relations from a perspective of both theory and practice.

The course provides a set of tools for understanding, predicting, and formulating policy on international cooperation and conflict. It teaches how to apply leading schools of international relations theory including Realism, Liberalism, and Constructivism to interpret history, understand current events, and prescribe foreign policy. Topics include alliance formation, nuclear deterrence, imperialism, international institutions, the domestic sources of foreign policy, trade, global environmentalism, international law, the integration and disintegration of states, globalization and the future of international relations. Requirements are class participation, a one-hour mid-term, and a three-hour final exam. All readings will be available on ERes.

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