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Jonathan L. Mercer
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.

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How important are beliefs and other ideational phenomena such as norms, values and ideas to understanding international politics? If they are important, how would we know? This course considers the state of the art on the art of assessing beliefs. It draws from international organization, international political economy, and security research and includes contributions by comparativists and sociologists. The course presumes a background in graduate level IR theory (such as Pol S 521).

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Last Update by Meera Roy
Date: 08/31/2011