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Fall 2012 - 62170 - PA387G - The Nature of the International System

Instructor(s): Kuperman, Alan J.
Unique Number: 62170
Day & Time: M 2:00 - 5:00 pm
Room: SRh 3.216/219
Waitlist Information:For LBJ Students: UT Waitlist Information
Final Exam Information:December 14, 2012 - 9:00am - 12:00pm SRH 3.316/350
Course Overview

The Nature of the International System 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.

 

Section 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, trade, global environmentalism, international law, globalization, the domestic sources of foreign policy, the integration and disintegration of states, and the future of international relations. Requirements are class participation, a one-hour mid-term, a short essay, and a three-hour final exam. All readings will be available on Blackboard.