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Political Science 106 Introduction to International Relations Hein Goemans Harkness 320 Office Hours: Monday 4–5 [email protected] Course Info: Fall 2010 12:00–12:50 MW Strong - Lower Auditorium This course provides students with the background and conceptual tools they need to understand contemporary international relations. The course will introduce students to the wide range of issues involved in the study of international relations including the workings of the state system, the causes of international conflict and violence, and international economic relations. Students will be introduced to the literature in a broad way, to make them familiar with the main theoretical traditions in the field. Students will be asked, as much as possible, to read original texts, rather than from a textbook. Time permitting, we will also examine topics of particular current interest such as the evolving nature of power in the post Cold War environment as well as special global challenges like the rise of China, nation-building and ongoing conflict(s) in the Middle East. This course is organized around the metaphor of Chinese food. In the beginning, students will examine the basic ingredients of the study of international relations. We will consider the actors, goals, means, and consequences of state interaction — IR’s soy sauce, ginger root, garlic, and MSG. The rest of the course is designed to give an overview of the breadth and scope of the wide–ranging field of international relations. Along the way, students will get a taste of follow– on courses they might choose to take in international security, international political economy, international law, American foreign policy, and so on. Course Requirements Participation in recitation (Friday 12:00–12:50, for most) comprises 30% of your grade; your teaching fellow has nearly absolute autonomy in determining the requirements and assessing how well or poorly you have met them. A midterm exam counts for 30% of your grade, and a final exam counts for 40%. The final exam is given during the period scheduled by the University. The exam is not given early — check the schedule published by the University and make your holiday travel plans accordingly. 1
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Academic Integrity Be familiar with the University’s policies on academic integrity and disciplinary action ( http:// www.rochester.edu/College/honesty/students.html ). Violators of University regulations on academic integrity will be dealt with severely, which means that your grade will suffer, and I will forward your case to the Chair of the College Board on Academic Honesty. Remember that the same technology that has made plagiarism easier to accomplish has also made it easier to detect. If you do not cite a source, it is plagiarism. If you do cite it, it is scholarship.
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