PSCI 325 Spring 2015 IR Theory: From Traditional to Critical Approaches

This course surveys key texts of 20th century international relations theory while simultaneously cultivating a critical awareness of their limits. A detailed analysis of Realism is followed by a close study of several alternative approaches which have come to challenge the Realist paradigm since the early 1980s under the rubric of critical international theory. Examples include the Frankfurt School, historical sociology, feminism, and postmodern deconstruction. What makes for persuasive international relations theory? Are more contemporary critical approaches more effective than traditional perspectives? Guided by questions such as these, the course generates a nuanced understanding of the purposes, methods, and broader assumptions animating international relations theory.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: midterm exam, final exam, 5 response papers (2 pages each), one research paper (20 pages), and an in-class presentation
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: Political Science Majors; seniors; juniors
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Divisional Attributes: Division II
Other Attributes: PSCI International Relations Courses
Enrollment Limit: 25
Expected Enrollment: 15
Class Number: 3959
PSCI 325 - 01 (S) SEM IR Theory Division 2: Social Studies Milan Babik
M 7:00 PM-9:40 PM Hollander 040 3959
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