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PSCI 441
Senior Seminar: The Liberal Project in International Relations Spring 2021
Division II
Cross-listed PSCI 441 / PSCI 421

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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.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 16
Expected: 12
Class#: 4587
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: 2-4 papers of 5-7 pages, several short oral presentations, daily discussion questions, 12-15 page final paper, class participation
Prerequisites: senior Political Science major or permission of instructor
Enrollment Preferences: senior Political Science majors concentrating in International Relations or Comparative Politics
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
PSCI 441 Division II PSCI 421 Division II
Attributes: PSCI International Relations Courses

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