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Topic 1 - Understanding International Relations

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1 Understanding International Relations - Where does the discipline come from? - What roles does theory play? - How do we do research in international Relations? - Debates within International Relations Origin of International Relations as a Discipline Debates surround whether IR 1) had a distinct object of analysis, 2) agrees on a definition or 3) ought to analyze power and institutions. Is Ir a discipline of its own or a sub docile of political science? Generally IR does seek to explain international politics and state behaviour. Emerging fields of international political economy and international organization. Emerging sub- fields, e.g. gender in IR, foreign policy analysis. Can sub-fields eventually become fields of their own? International relations as an enterprise that is distinctly American social science.
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Unformatted text preview: Emerges after WWII and explodes during the Cold War. They needed people with expertise, and to get someone with expertise they offered tons of money. Generous funding leads to the US becoming a centre for IR research. It become “international”. Hierarchies of research and publishing are formed and Island of research that prizes theory over empirical work. Theory In and of IR IR theory always seeks to see the world. Theories always have ontological, epistemological, and methodological components. Ontology is what actors make up the world, like the social furniture. Epistemology is how we know the world. Methodology focuses on the techniques we use to unearth data and evidence. Theory always seeks to explain and pro dive temporal sequences. Is theory practice or is it to gain knowledge of the world?...
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