U of M POL 8401 - Syllabus (29 pages)

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Pol 8401 - International Relations
International Relations Documents
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University of Minnesota Twin Cities POL 8401 Fall 2008 THEORIES OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS A K A THE CORE Professor Ronald R Krebs 1233 Social Sciences Building rkrebs umn edu tel 612 624 4356 Class Monday 12 25 pm 2 20 pm Location 1450 Social Sciences Office Hours Thursday 10 am 12 pm and by appointment COURSE DESCRIPTION As its title suggests this course is an introduction to contemporary theories debates and major scholarly traditions in international relations IR As the core course offered in this field the intention is to provide a general but not elementary overview It is intended primarily for graduate students in the Department of Political Science though others are welcome to attend with the instructor s permission While it is impossible to cover the enormous IR literature comprehensively in a one semester survey the class will introduce students to many of the central theories authors and debates COURSE REQUIREMENTS AND GRADING The class format will place a premium on discussion It is expected that everyone will come prepared to discuss the assigned materials in an informed and critical manner 1 Readings and Participation a Read everything every week This is not a course for the faint of heart The literature in IR is huge and it grows daily I ve tried to separate the wheat from the chaff but even so the reading load in this class is heavy Students are expected to come to seminar prepared to discuss the required readings for that week A large portion of your grade is based on class participation if you fail to do the readings or fail to speak up in class you will do poorly Moreover students are strongly encouraged to start with internal critiques of the readings for each week i e analyses that take the readings seriously and operate within their approach to theory before moving on to external critiques b Lead class discussion three times Discussion leaders should prepare a brief memo with at least five discussion questions based on the reading Discussion memos should be distributed by email by 10 am Monday morning Discussion leaders will also be expected to kick off class with 5 7 minutes of prepared commentary addressing one or more of the questions he or she has proposed Seminar members will be asked at the beginning of the term to commit to leading discussion on given weeks c Class participation and memos will account for 20 of your grade 2 Three Short Essays 5 pp double spaced 12 point font min 1 inch margins The essays should critically examine a hypothesis theory question concept or controversy contained in the readings for each week The essay may address only a subset of the readings but it should not simply summarize the assigned texts A copy of the essay must be e mailed to me as an attachment doc or pdf by 8 am on the Monday of the relevant class meeting The three essays will be graded and will combined account for 30 of your total grade NB The length style requirements will be strictly enforced Krebs POL 8401 Theories of International Relations fall 2008 2 3 In class final This final is meant to simulate Part I the theory question of the IR prelims All the basic rules of the preliminary exam will be followed students will write on one out of two questions which will not be made available in advance the exam will be taken in the Political Science computer lab students will have 2 hours to write their answer students may bring paper notes into the exam but not electronic files Previous prelims on file with the department may prove useful in giving students a sense of the kinds of questions that I will ask The final will be held during exam week the exact date will be determined by consensus The in class final exam will account for 50 of your total grade 4 Optional Final Paper 15 20 double spaced pages This option is only for graduate students who are not in the Political Science Department These students are welcome to take the in class final instead if they so choose The paper may take any number of forms but it must engage creatively with several schools of thought in international relations One option would be to test two or three major theories by examining one or more empirical cases Students who wish to pursue this option must submit a 1 p paper proposal to the instructor by the end of the eighth class meeting October 27 students are encouraged to meet with the instructor before that date to discuss preliminary ideas Only papers based on approved proposals will be accepted The final paper will account for 50 of your total grade Note Short essays submitted late after 8 am on Monday will be penalized one third of a letter grade per hour Memos distributed late after 10 am on Monday will be accepted but their tardiness will factor into the class participation grade Incompletes will not be given for this course unless there is a documented emergency GRADING Class Participation incl 3 presentations and memos Short Essays 3 In class Final or Optional Final Paper 20 30 50 READINGS No books have been ordered for purchase at the University bookstore The following books are recommended for purchase because we are reading sufficient amounts but purchase is not required All the books below are on reserve at Wilson Library Copies of those books followed by a have been placed in the 8401 drawer in the 12th floor lounge Other readings may be found in the rkrebs 8401 folder on the Shared drive Michael Brown ed Debating the Democratic Peace MIT Press 1996 Hedley Bull The Anarchical Society 2nd ed Columbia UP 1995 1977 David Campbell Writing Security United States Foreign Policy and the Politics of Identity Revised Edition University of Minnesota Press 1998 Walter Carlsnaes et al eds Handbook of International Relations Sage 2002 E H Carr The Twenty Years Crisis 1919 1939 Harper Row 1964 1939 Michael W Doyle Ways of War and Peace Realism Liberalism and Socialism Norton 1997 Tim Dunne Milja Kurki and Steve Smith eds International Relations Theories Discipline and Diversity Oxford UP 2007 Charles Lipson Reliable Partners How Democracies Have Made a Separate Peace Princeton UP 2003 Krebs POL 8401 Theories of International Relations fall 2008 3 John J Mearsheimer The Tragedy of Great Power Politics Norton 2001 Bruce M Russett and John R Oneal Triangulating Peace Democracy Interdependence and International Organizations Norton 2001 Anne Marie Slaughter A New World Order Princeton UP 2004 Thucydides The Peloponnesian War Modern Library edition 1982 Kenneth N Waltz Theory of


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