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The most powerful actors in the international system are liberal ones, and a liberal project around democratic states, international law and organizations, and free trade 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 as well as some of their most notable critics. We will also attend to empirical evaluations of signature liberal efforts around democratization, human rights, and economic development. The course ends with a discussion of the successes and failures of the European Union as the principal embodiment of the liberal project in international relations.
Grading: no pass/fail option,
no fifth course option
2-4 papers of 5-7 pages, several short oral presentations, daily discussion questions, 12-15 page final paper, class participation
senior Political Science major or permission of instructor
senior Political Science majors concentrating in International Relations or Comparative Politics
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
PSCI International Relations Courses