Introduction to International Relations
Instructor: Chi-Hung Wei
Office: Anderson Hall 011
Course Time and Place: MWF Period 6 (12:50pm-1:40pm), Anderson Hall 101
Office Hours: MWF 1:40pm-2:40pm.
This course is an introduction to the study of international relations.
In an increasingly interdependent
world, nearly every aspect of our daily lives has an effect upon, and is affected by, such international
events and issues as world politics, war, trade, financial crises, terrorism, environmental changes, and so
on. This course will provide students with basic theoretical and conceptual tools that can help you
understand those international events and issues. Students will be expected to apply the theories and
concepts learned in readings and class discussions to current international events and issues.
The course will be a combination of lecture and discussion. Your questions and comments are critical to
the learning process and the success of this course. This course is meant for us to share our knowledge
and interpretations of the readings and our impressions of world events as we all can learn from one
Pevehouse, Jon C. and Joshua S. Goldstein. 2010.
International Relations: 2010-2011 Update
Pearson Longman. It is available at the University Bookstore.
Additional readings will be assigned throughout the semester and will be available on course reserves.
Attendance and participation:
Attendance will be taken every class session, with attendance sheets
distributed around for you to sign. If you miss more than three classes, your grade will be reduced by 0.5
points off your final grade for every additional day missed. Absences will be excused only when you have
a documented medical excuse or non-medical emergency. The excused absence is at the discretion of the
You are also expected to participate in class discussions. Ten percent of your final grade will be based on
your participation. Of course, you are expected to read all of the assigned materials before coming to
class. Getting well prepared before class will not only enable you to participate with critical questions and
comments, but also help you deal well with exams.
Two exams will be given over the course of the semester, one scheduled for Monday, October
and the other for Wednesday, December 7
. Exam questions will be drawn from all course materials:
lectures (including powerpoints), textbook, films, and readings on electronic reserve. The second exam
will be cumulative. Make-up exams will be granted only under special circumstances (medical reasons,
for instance), and only if they are requested before the scheduled exam day. Requests for make-up exams
must be accompanied by appropriate documentation. More information will be provided as exam days