2008F_3961_Cronin - International Politics Seminar:...

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International Politics Seminar: International Law and the Use of Force (W3961) Monday, 11:00-12:50 Fall 2008 This seminar will cover various issues, debates, and concepts in international law, particularly as it applies regulating the use of force and political violence by states. Recognizing that most of the seminar participants do not have a background in international law, the seminar will begin by covering some of its basic concepts including its underlying philosophy, sources, and applications, as well as how and why states comply with its provisions. In doing so, we will examine the various ways that political scientists, law scholars and political leaders understand the concept international “rules” and “laws” in international relations We will then spend the bulk of the semester examining the various aspects of international law regarding armed conflict, international aggression, military intervention, arms control, terrorism, the use of mercenaries, torture, and military occupation. Course Requirements Since this is a seminar, we will rely heavily on the readings and class discussions. All students are expected to complete the required readings prior to class and to participate in discussions. In addition to completing the reading assignments and participating in class discussions, students will write a 25-30 page research paper on an issue drawn from the syllabus and class discussions. The paper should incorporate at least some of the theories, concepts and debates covered in the course, but the student may choose the specific topic. All students must submit a one-paragraph description of their paper topic to the professor no later than November 10. The paper is due on December 15 at 11:00am in my mailbox in the Political Science office (7 th floor of the IAB) . We will discuss the papers in class. Each student will choose one week and make a short presentation outlining the main questions and issues raised in the readings for that week. These presentations will lay the foundation for the discussion. Presenters should avoid simply summarizing the reading materials (you can assume that everyone has read them) and instead offer a critical assessment of the various works and a conceptual overview of the week’s topic, in addition to the questions for discussion. The instructor’s role will be to facilitate the discussion,
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This note was uploaded on 07/25/2009 for the course POLS 101 taught by Professor All during the Spring '09 term at Rutgers.

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2008F_3961_Cronin - International Politics Seminar:...

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