790:102 Introduction to International Relations
Midterm Review Sheet
The midterm exam will consist of essays, identifications, and short answer questions
drawn from the following list.
Review the on-line practice tests.
Introductory lecture: How we know:
Definitions of politics, explorations of knowledge,
including inductive and deductive thinking, empirical vs. normative ways of gaining
Thucydides and “what IS”, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau and Marx on
“theoretical path” of the study of politics.
Basics of the scientific method.
G&P, chapter 1: international relations, collective goods problem, dominance,
reciprocity, identity, conflict vs. cooperation, IPE, state, nation, nation-state, sovereignty,
non-state actors, NGO, IGO, North-South gap, Cold War, League of Nations,
containment, “guns vs. butter”.
G&P, chapter 2, etc.: realism, idealism, geopolitics, power, anarchy, great powers, middle
powers, neorealism, unipolar, bipolar, and multipolar systems; hegemony, hegemonic