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Karen T Litfin
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 course offers a survey of the field of international relations as it has been defined in the past two decades. We will read classics in the field, as well as more recent literature that explores the impact of "new security" issues, such as terrorism and climate change, on both theories and the practice of world politics. We will also study the ethical assumptions and implications of the range of IR theories.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

Texts. Among the authors we will read are Wight, Rosenau, Waltz, Keohane, Krasner, Ruggie, Haas, Peterson, and Wendt.

Class assignments and grading

Assignments. Two papers (8-10 pages each)


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Last Update by Karen T Litfin
Date: 12/29/2011