PSCI 382
The Art of Political and Historical Inquiry: American Foreign Relations Spring 2010
Division II
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How do political scientists, historians, and international relations theorists effectively carry out original and productive research projects? This course seeks to introduce students to the practical methods of political and historical inquiry. Working almost exclusively with primary sources and recently declassified documents, this class will examine selected aspects of American foreign relations. Rather than simply reading existing scholarly literature in this area, the goal of this class is to enable students to produce original scholarship based on an examination of primary documents instead of through a reliance on secondary sources. In consultation with the professor, students will have the option of pursuing either individual or engaging in collective research projects.
The Class: Format: research seminar
Limit: 14
Expected: 10-14
Class#: 3212
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on weekly research assignments, class participation, a final research paper of 25-30 pages
Prerequisites: any of the following courses: Political Science 262, Political Science 242, History 262, History 263, History 358 or permission of instructor
Enrollment Preferences: upper-level Political Science and History majors, as well as students with a demonstrated interest in American foreign policy
Distributions: Division II
Attributes: PSCI International Relations Courses
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