IR 210 Spring 2009 Syllabus

IR 210 Spring 2009 Syllabus - IR 210 Spring 2009...

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IR 210, Spring 2009 International Relations: Introductory Analysis Dr. Dan Lynch Tel: 213-740-0773 Associate Professor E-mail: [email protected] School of International Relations Office: VKC 326-B University of Southern California Hours: Wed 10:30 am-12 pm Los Angeles, CA  90089-0043 Thurs 4-5:30 pm A NOTE on OFFICE HOURS:  Because unexpected meetings and assorted similar events pop up  all the time, office hours must inevitably be flexible (that is to say, I have to cancel them from time  to time).  If I can’t be there as scheduled, I’ll always let you know as far in advance as possible,  and will of course try to arrange alternative times for meetings.  It’s always a good idea, in any  case, for you to  schedule an appointment  with me in advance, since my volume of visitors is high.  You’re perfectly welcome to stop by during office hours without making an appointment if you’d  like, just in case no one happens to be visiting at that time.  But you’ll be doing yourself a favor if  you make an appointment first. Goals and Requirements of IR 210 This course has three main objectives: (1) to review international history intensively—that is, world  history as understood through the lens(es) of international relations; (2) to introduce the core  analytical concepts and vocabulary of International Relations (IR) the discipline; and (3) to use  some of the IR concepts and vocabulary—along with the main ideas propounded by Buzan and  Little in their innovative history—to analyze certain fundamental issues currently vexing world  leaders.  We will take up this third task together as a class during the last month of the term.  It will  also be the approach you’ll be asked to take in writing the paper at the end: analyze a  particular  global   issue   that   we   haven’t   already   discussed   in   detail   from   three   contrasting   theoretical  perspectives.  (More details on the paper will be forthcoming.)  IR  210   will  make  use   of  two   brilliant   textbooks  this  term:  Barry   Buzan   and   Richard   Little’s  International Systems in World History  (2000), and John Baylis and Steve Smith’s edited volume,  The   Globalization   of   World   Politics   (2008).     Both   are   unusually   important   books   but   differ  significantly in their content and purpose, as you will soon discover.  The bottom line is that once  you   have   mastered   Baylis   and   Smith   in   the   context   of   Buzan   and   Little,   you   will   have   a 
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