Course Syllabus, 13 January 1998
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Political Science 124-2, Introduction to International Relations
Tuesday-Thursday 10:00-11:20, Bowne Hall 111
Associate Professor James P. Bennett
Office hours: Tuesday 12:00-1:30, Thursday 1:30-3:00, Eggers Hall
529, x 1749, email@example.com
Course Assistant Agnes Gereben
Purpose of the course: This is an introduction to contemporary analyses
of international relations. Students will learn three highly influential
approaches to analyzing and understanding some of the most important processes
in the world today. They will also learn how to argue for and against foreign
policy options utilizing each of these approaches. They will reach an informed
personal judgment about whether world politics are, indeed, "globalizing,"
or whether sovereign and autonomous states will continue, individually
and in alliance, to control most outcomes as they have done for the past
Determination of one's grade in this course:
Feb 3 - 23 April inclusive: On eight days chosen randomly, a 10-minute
pop quiz will be given. It will consist of two questions about material
covered the preceding class meeting. The student's five highest scores
will be averaged to derive 40% of the course grade. Books and one's own
notes may be consulted during the pop quizzes.
Final Examination: Throughout the semester approximately 35 important
questions will be posed in class (and listed at this
web site). The final exam will consist of four of these questions,
all four of which must be answered. No books or notes will be permitted
at the final exam. This exam determines 40% of the course grade.
Twenty minutes of each class meeting is allocated to discussing the
relevance of the required readings to current developments in the world.
Each student is expected to follow current events -- through media of his
or her choice (e.g., newspaper, news magazines, television news) -- and
participate in these discussions. The quality of one's participation contributes
20% to the course grade.
John Baylis and Steve Smith, eds., The Globalization of World Politics.
Oxford University Press, 1997. (Fifty copies available for purchase at
Follett's Orange Bookstore; one copy on 24-hour reserve at Bird Library.)
Random House Compact World Atlas, 2nd ed., Times Books, 1997. (Fifty
copies available for purchase at Follett's Orange Bookstore.)
Schedule [numbers in brackets refer to chapters in Baylis and Smith]:
1. January 13,
Introduction and motivation
Part I: Competing world views, contested values and objectives
2. January 15, 
The Westphalian system of states -- It had a beginning; will it also
have an end?
"Globalism;" "global governance" -- does "post-Cold War" mean a "post-Westphalian
20,  International "histories"
4. January 22,  Is "globalization" something which is new, or just
something which has happened several times before on a slightly smaller
WWI: Failure of the 'balance of power' or 'European civil war'
(phase 1) or inter-capitalist war?
1930s and WW2: Failure of Idealism and 'collective security' or
first global inter-capitalist war or 'European civil war' (phase
Imperial disintegrations and the Non-Aligned Movement
10,  Quiz
1 + answers
Realism, World Systems Theory, Liberalism: which best explains the
end of the Cold War?
Varieties of Political Realism, and their 'model of man'
17,  Quiz
2 + answers
Marxism extrapolated to a global scale (Lenin)
February 19, 
World System Theory: an analysis of global capitalism inspired by Marxism
Liberalism 1: laissez faire capitalism + free trade
14. February 26,  Quiz
3 + answers
Liberalism 2: Capitalism + institutionalism + the welfare state
3, and this,
too  Interim evaluation
Other 'new' approaches and problems of collective action
5,  Quiz
4 + answers
'National security,' 'international security,' and the realization
of human potentials
Spring Vacation Whoopee!
The world refuses to stop while we're away: News
Part II, Tools for the (more or less) practical management of international
IPE: Jeckyll and Hyde together again?
Do 'cookie pushers' pull their own weight?
Partial international order: International organizations
Is the UN (for instance) an extravagance or a bargain?
Partial international order: Regimes
If we can't achieve an international rule of law, is an informal, partial
rule good enough?
31,  + Quiz
5 + Answers
Transnational processes and actors
How the Boy Scouts subvert the inter-state system
Part III: Challenges and Opportunities: one view of the policy payoffs
22. April 2, 
Integration and disintegration of states: becoming more common? more
peaceful or more violent?
23. April 7, 
(Mis-)Managing the global economy?
Is global financial stability possible? even desirable?
24. April 9, [17, 15]
The proliferation of weapons of mass destruction
NBC is not only a network
Can the state system solve global environmental problems?
25. April 14, 
The rise of exclusivist, ethno-linguistic nationalisms
The 'nationalisms' of Africa and Asia: strangers in a strange land?
26. April 16, 
Do 'cultures' offer benefits that nation-states cannot?
27. April 21, 
'Failed states' and international responses
28. April 23, [20, 24]
Human rights, humanitarian intervention, and the erosion of state sovereignty
29. April 28, Wrap-up
Final Exam: Four questions, selected from here,
on May 5, 12:30-2:30 in our familiar old Bowne Hall 111. (No books or notes
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