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Christine Ingebritsen
POL S 326
Seattle Campus

Scandinavia in World Affairs

Introduction to the foreign relations of Scandinavia with a focus on Nordic security, international economic pressures, and global conflict resolution. Includes a survey of the national settings for international involvements and highlights the dilemmas for industrial societies exposed to the pressures of interdependence. Offered: jointly with SCAND 326.

Class description

Description: This course examines the post-war foreign, economic, security and environmental policies of the Scandinavian countries. The readings focus on the central institutions, policies and values of Northern European states. Students are encouraged to compare and contrast how the Nordic states have responded to three important international challenges to these societies during the post-war period: the emergence of a bipolar security system; the deepening and widening of European integration; and a new era of multilateralism. The course combines prominent theoretical approaches in the political science literature with the contributions of area studies specialists. Previous coursework in political science is recommended, but not required. The 10-15 page research paper should compare and contrast the contemporary foreign policies of two Northern European states.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

Texts: The books are available at the University Bookstore and the reserve desk at Odegaard Library: Jan Egeland, Impotent Superpower--Potent Small State; Peter J. Katzenstein, Small States in World Markets: Industrial Policy in Europe; Peter J. Katzenstein (ed.), Tamed Power; James Barros, Trygve Lie and the Cold War: The UN General Secretary Pursues Peace; and Mats Berdal, The United States, Norway and the Cold War, 1954-1960;.

Class assignments and grading

Assignments: Mid-term examination, research paper, class participation and in -class exercises.

Grading: Mid-term exam: 40 %; Papers: 40 %; Class/quiz participation: 10 %; Other: 10 %.


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Last Update by Suman C. Chhabra
Date: 02/27/2008