PSCI 420 Fall 2014 Senior Seminar in International Relations: The Liberal Project in International Relations

The most powerful actors in the international system are liberal ones, and a liberal project around open trade and investment, international organizations and democratic states dominates the global agenda. This course is an investigation into this liberal international relations project, engaging both theory and practice. We will discuss signature liberal theorists both classic and current (e.g. Immanuel Kant, John Stuart Mill, John Rawls, Anne-Marie Slaughter) as well as their critics (e.g. Karl Marx, Carl Schmitt, Hans Morgenthau). We will also attend to empirical evaluations of signature liberal efforts around peace promotion, economic growth and development, and democratic governance as well as discuss the successes and failures of transnational liberalism as a global social movement.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: student presentations, two/three 4-6 page papers, one 15-20 page final research paper, class participation
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Prerequisites: senior Political Science major or permission of instructor
Enrollment Preference: senior Political Science majors concentrating in International Relations
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Divisional Attributes: Division II
Other Attributes: PSCI International Relations Courses,PSCI Research Courses
Enrollment Limit: 16
Expected Enrollment: 16
Class Number: 1698
PSCI 420 - 02 (F) SEM Sr Sem: Liberal Project Division 2: Social Studies Darel E. Paul
MR 2:35 PM-3:50 PM Schapiro Hall 141 1698
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