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James A Caporaso
POL S 528
Seattle Campus

Advanced International Relations Theory

Covers advanced works in international relations theory. e.g., realism, neorealism, game theory, and theories of cooperation and conflict. Includes some classic works (Thucydides, Hobbes, E. H. Carr) to show continuity of debates in the present. Modern theories of war, conflict, cooperation, and international institutions also explored. Prerequisite: POL S 521.

Class description

Description. POL S 528 is a course in advanced international relations theory. As such, it deals with the following problems, among others: levels of analysis, anarchy, conflict, cooperation, power, morality, and international interdependence. The course has two major aims: to expose students to some of the major theoretical debates in international relations and to encourage students to be not only critical consumers of the literature but also to begin to construct alternatives.

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General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

Prerequisite: POL S 521.

Class assignments and grading

Assignments. There will either be a midterm and final exam or a series of short thought papers as requirements for the course.


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Last Update by Suman C. Chhabra
Date: 02/23/2004