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PLSC418_SYLLABUS - Political Science 418 International...

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Political Science 418 International Relations Theory Pennsylvania State University Spring 2008 TTH 2:30pm – 3:45 pm Professor Zaryab Iqbal 234 Pond Lab Phone: 865-1510 Email: [email protected] Office hours: Tuesday 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Course Description The study of international relations entails the understanding of principal theoretical per- spectives, global trends, and international problems. This course will expose you to the leading theories in the study of international relations – including realism and liberalism – as well as important global issues. The course combines the study of international relations theory with analysis of contemporary issues, such as the role of international institutions, democratization, militarized conflict, globalization, and terrorism. You will learn: (a) how international relations is studied, (b) how interactions within the international system can be understood through different theoretical approaches, (c) who are the important actors in the global system, (d) what are some major problems afflicting the international community, and (e) how the nature of global issues has evolved since the end of the Cold War. Additional goals of this course include: encouraging you to cultivate your analytical skills and to help you identify areas of interest within international politics for future academic pursuits. Policies Assigned readings must be completed before each class meeting. There will be no make–up exams, unless approved by the university. Any requests to reschedule an exam must be discussed with the instructor in advance. All students must adhere to the PSU honor code (please refer to the statement on academic dishonesty at the end of the syllabus). 1
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Readings There are two required textbooks for this course: Robert Axelrod, Evolution of Cooperation (New York: Basic Books, 1984). Bruce Russett and John Oneal, Triangulating Peace: Democracy, Interdependence, and International Organizations (New York: Norton, 2001). These books are available at the university bookstore. Other readings will be available through Angel. Evaluation The final grade in this course will be based on three closed–book, in–class exams. The first exam will comprise 30% of the total grade, and the second and third exams will each be 35% of the course grade. The exams will be composed of multiple choice, short–answer,
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