Politics 160A, Fall 2008Assignment #1In this essay, you are to apply Waltz's three images as well as a criticalsocial theory approach to a contemporary issue in world politics (in this instance, the Georgia-Russia brouhaha in August). You will need to do some historical research into your issue, and be sure to cite your sources properly (these can be newspaper and magazine articles, since not much else is available). You are to (a) write about how the three images canbe applied to this issue (individuals,"state," "system"); and (b) select acritical approach--feminist theory,cultural materialism, or post-colonialtheory--and use your chosen theory tosimilarly analyze the issue and tocritique the Waltzian approach in thefirst part of your paper.In writing the first part of your paper, be sure to distinguish between arguments, claims, and behaviors that arise from first image sources (individual, group, societal), second image sources (roles and positions, divisions of labor or tasks,
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