This course will explore important areas of research and major theoretical traditions in the study of "international relations." Like political science in general, international relations is a highly fragmented field in terms of its basic methods, theoretical approaches, and explanatory goals. Consequently, this course aims at providing some insight into a few of the more salient theoretical and substantive concerns in international politics research, including international political ecology, international political security, international political community, and international political economy. Most importantly, however, it seeks to move beyond rigid conventional construction of "international relations" in order to highlight new concerns in post-Cold War times of highly globalized inter/trans/intra/sub/post/supranational politics, which are becoming the basis of the "New World Order."
Our goals in this course, then, are to gain:
The format of the course will emphasize class discussion and debate. Everyone is expected to participate actively in class discussion as well as to help lead discussion in one or more class sessions during the term. You will be graded for this activity.
There will be three writing assignments for the course:
The reading journals will be 10 percent of the final grade,
class participation and presentations will be 20 percent of the
final grade, the short paper will be 30 percent, and the longer
research paper will be 40 percent.