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Elizabeth L. Kier
POL S 521
Seattle Campus

International Relations Core

Key theories, concepts, and debates in the study of world politics and international relations. Provides an overview of the field and prepares students for the IR comprehensive exam.

Class description

This seminar provides an introduction to the field of international relations. We will read some recent work, but the focus is the historical and theoretical development of the field. The readings are loosely organized around paradigms (realism, liberalism, and constructivism), central topics in the field (sovereignty, conflict, and cooperation), and levels of analysis (international, state, organizational, and individual). The objectives are to introduce you to IR theory; to prepare you for the IR comprehensive exam; and to help you develop ideas about dissertation research.

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Elizabeth L. Kier
Date: 08/31/2009