PSCI 325
IR Theory: From Traditional to Critical Approaches Spring 2015
Division II
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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.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 25
Expected: 15
Class#: 3959
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: midterm exam, final exam, 5 response papers (2 pages each), one research paper (20 pages), and an in-class presentation
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: Political Science Majors; seniors; juniors
Distributions: Division II
Attributes: PSCI International Relations Courses

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