POLITICAL SCIENCE 321 THEORIES OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS SPRING 2015 Gül Sosay Office Phone: 359 6518 Office: IB 513 e-mail: [email protected] Office Hours: Th 15:00-17:00 or by appointment COURSE DESCRIPTION The objective of this course is to provide students with an overview of contending theories and debates in the study of international relations based on classic and contemporary texts. Students who successfully finish this course should have a solid conceptual and theoretical foundation to build on in analyzing world politics. COURSE REQUIREMENTS Required readings: Selected book chapters, excerpts, and articles. Grading: Class participation 15 % Class attendance and active participation in classroom discussions and activities are required and students are expected to have done assigned readings before class. Students who are more than five minutes late to class will not be allowed in. Students who are absent from more than six class sessions without a legitimate excuse that is documented to the satisfaction of the instructor will automatically fail the course. Essays 30 % (15 % each) Each student will write two 4-5 page (typed, double-spaced, proof-read) essays. Each essay will focus on and critically discuss one or two of the main issues/questions raised by the readings assigned under a topic and conclude with a brief section demonstrating the relevance and applicability of their arguments to real-world politics. Essays must be handed in as hard copies on the first day the selected topic is covered in class. Students may be asked to briefly present their essays when related issues/questions are discussed in class. Midterm Examination 25 % Comprehensive take-home assignment 30 % The comprehensive take-home assignment will evaluate students’ command of the literature covered during the semester.