This course is an introduction to the discipline of international political science. The course explores the fundamental tools necessary for the study of international politics, with a focus on the theoretical constructs political scientists use to explain the workings of the international political system. Students will learn how to analyze decisions and events of international importance, the basics of international political philosophy, the workings of international organizations, and about national power and the changing nature of conflict in the world (including terrorism). This course is not a current events class. We will introduce current events where relevant, but our central focus is on the discipline of international political science. Most assignments, including the regular reading of scholarly articles and a demanding text, will be completed out of class. Evaluation will be based on a variety of papers, projects, and tests that require strong analytical skills. Active oral participation will also be expected, including participation in a long-term simulation of the United Nations.
for International Relations/Honors