PSC 140 – Conflict & Cooperation Among Nations
Department of Political Science
Office: Lewis Center
Office Hours; MW 1:20-3:10
The purpose of this course is to investigate major theories in, a brief history of, and contemporary
issues in IR (International Relations).
In the first section of the course, we will analyze the most dominant
paradigm in IS (International Security) – that is, Realism.
In particular, our focus will be on the so-called
“Offensive Realism,” while using John Mearsheimer’s book
The Tragedy of Great Power Politics
In the second section, we will investigate some interesting cases of great power politics in modern era, such
as Napoleonic France (1792-1815), Bismarkian Germany (1862-1890), Wilhelmine Germany (1890-1918),
Nazi Germany (1933-1945), Imperial Japan (1868-1945), the Soviet Union (1917-1991) and the United
In the third section of the course, we will analyze the most influential theoretical
approach in IPE (International Political Economy) – that is, Neo-liberal Institutionalism.
In particular, we
will use Robert Keohane’s book
(1984) as the “Bible” of IPE studies.
In the final section,
we will investigate two major issues of IPE – that is, International Trade System (GATT & WTO) and
International Monetary System (IMF & World Bank).
The course is organized into 20 sessions with two meetings a week.
In addition to lecture, the mode of
the course is what I call “structured discussion.”
For each session, I bring a list of key concepts, ideas,
theories and other issues related to the assigned readings.
Going through the list, I pose a host of questions
and debatable propositions based on the readings.
In response, students are expected to actively participate
in the discussion of these critical issues.
To avoid “chaos,” discussion during the session is structured as it