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Organization, Regulations, and Courses 2017-18


GOVT 85.04 International Relations Theory

International Relations Theory focuses on close reading and discussion of classic and contemporary texts describing the underlying causal patterns of international politics. Major themes include morality and politics; debates over methods and theory; foreign policy and global conflict; and the search for peace and cooperation. Some of the questions we will address include: What might virtue and the national interest mean in international politics? Why is war so common or is it really quite rare? Are there alternatives to nation states? To what extent is "international relations" a gendered concept? These are all questions that are explored in various theories of international relations. The objectives of this course include helping students to interpret and describe international relations, to study a variety of explanations for various events and non-events, and to consider various prescriptions or solutions to different kinds of problems.

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Offered

Not offered in AY 2017-2018. May be offered in AY 2018-2019.