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1 PSC 140 – Conflict & Cooperation Among Nations Hyung-min Joo Department of Political Science DePaul University hjoo@depaul.edu Office: Lewis Center #1657 (773) 325-7570 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 (2001). 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 States (1776-1991). 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 After Hegemony (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
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