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Jonathan L. Mercer
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

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

Recommended preparation

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 %.


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Additional Information
Last Update by Suman C. Chhabra
Date: 08/14/2007