Jonathan L. Mercer
POL S 521
Part one of the core course in the field of international relations. Reviews contemporary theory, research, and methodology in the study of world politics.
Description: This seminar provides an overview of the field of international relations. We will read some recent work, but the focus of the course will be on understanding the historical and theoretical development of the field of international relations. The readings are organized around paradigms: realism, liberalism, and constructivism. We will focus as well on the debate between rationalists and constructivists, and will discuss second image, organizational, and psychological approaches.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Texts: Books and articles may include: Waltz, Theory of International Politics; Keohane, After Hegemony; Katzenstein, Between Power and Plenty; and works by Allison, Axelrod, Carr, Fearon, Jervis, Morganthau, Ruggie, and Wendt.
Class assignments and grading
Grading: Exams: 50 %; Project/presentation: 25 %; Class/quiz participation: 25 %.