181_Syllabus__Fall_2006_ - Introduction to International...

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    Introduction to International Relations Government 181 (Fall 2006) Instructor: Peter Katzenstein T, Th 1:25-2:40pm Telephone: 255-6257 Ives 305 E-mail: pjk2 Office: White Hall 321 Office hours: Signup sheets are posted each Monday morning Course website URL : http://www.blackboard.cornell.edu . You should regularly consult this website. It will contain information about readings, lectures, sections, exams, paper, and other relevant information. Your normal contact for anything related to this course is your TA. If your TA cannot help you, s/he will tell you to contact the Head TA, Andrew Yeo. Objectives : This course introduces students to some important theoretical approaches to the analysis of international relations and applies these approaches to a number of historical and contemporary issues. The course has two main objectives: (1) to demonstrate the importance of theory for describing and explaining international relations and (2) to make students think critically. This involves (a) distinguishing among different explanations as illustrated in the readings; (b) evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of different explanations; and (c) developing one’s own analytical stance. Teaching Assistants : Andrew Yeo (aiy3) Head TA; Benjamin Brake (btb33); Noelle Brigden (nkb24); Gaurav Kampani (gk58); Soo In Kim (sk445). Hong Duan (hd29) is the TA for a special writing section (Govt. 182). Lectures and Sections : Lectures will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays. On most days I will start or conclude lectures with about 10 minutes of open mike in which we will seek to apply the analytical approaches and concepts that we are learning to current events. Students will be assigned to TA sections during the first week of classes. Sections start the first full week of class and attendance is mandatory. Sections are vital for understanding the different theories, applying the theories to different issues, and evaluating different readings. Reading Assignments and Managing the Reading List : All readings are available in the form of a three-volume course pack [CP]. The first two volumes reprint 49 readings, totaling about 1,100 pages. The third volume is a partial reprint of Peter G. Boyle’s, American-Soviet Relations: From the Russian Revolution to the Fall of Communism (Routledge, 1993 and now out of print). This is a simple, descriptive historical narrative that you need to read carefully in preparation for the second part of the course. Neither I nor the TAs will teach this book in lecture or sections. One part of the mid-term exam will deal exclusively with this reading. Finally, there is Henry Nau’s Perspectives on International Relations (CQ Press, 2006) [HN]. Required chapters are listed in the syllabus. You will benefit immensely from the background knowledge you acquire by reading the optional chapters as listed [in brackets] on the syllabus. You can buy the course pack only at the Campus Store. You can buy the textbook at the Campus store, at Kraftees in Collegetown, or anywhere you choose. I have put a couple of copies of the three
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