Pol208y1 syllabus - POL208Y Introduction to International...

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POL208Y Introduction to International Relations Fall/Winter Session 2007/2008 Day Section: Bader Theatre, Thursday 2-4 Professor Lilach Gilady Sidney Smith Hall, Room 3034 Tel: 416 978 6135 [email protected] Office hours: Thursday 4:30-6:00 This introductory course aims at developing critical analytical tools for analyzing international politics. It is not a survey of current world events but rather a thematic exploration of major themes in international relations theory. As such this course has a strong theoretical and conceptual focus. International relations theory seeks to explain both conflict and cooperation in international relations and the interaction between them. An effective analytical tool has to help us better understand war, and at the same time improve our understanding of peace; we need to understand what allows the occurrence of arms races and terrorist attacks, but at the same time what allows for regional trade agreements, alliances, and international organizations. International relations deal with a very broad range of topics, many of which will be introduced in this course. The first part of the course provides an overview of the main “tools of the trade”- the key concepts and theoretical tools that would allow us to describe, explain, and understand the complex dynamics of world politics. The second part of the course focuses on different dimensions of international security and the causes and management of international conflict. While traditionally the study of international security was the main focus of students of international relations, in recent decades there has been a growing interest in the dynamics of the global economy. The third part of this course will therefore focus on the economic dimension of global politics, before moving to other issue areas which further demonstrate the constant tension between conflict and cooperation in international affairs- such as human rights, international law, environmental challenges, and international organizations. The course ends by exploring several scenarios for the future of the international system. Teaching Assistants Alanna Krolikowski ([email protected]ca ) Anna Shamaeva ([email protected] ) Einat Vaddai ([email protected]) Gustavo Carvalho ( [email protected] ) Jamie Levin ([email protected]) Jordan Guthrie ( [email protected] ) Kristin Cavoukian ([email protected] )
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Reading A course reader containing all the readings for this course is available for purchase at The Copy Place, 720 Spadina Ave. (next to the Beer Store), (416) 961-2679. A copy of the course reader will also be available on short-term loan at Robarts Library. PLEASE NOTE
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