PS 102 FALL 2009 SYLLABUS - Introduction to International...

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Introduction to International Relations Department of Political Science, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University Fall 2009 Course and Contact Information Course Number 01:790:102:12 Meeting Times Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:40 to 9:00 p.m. Meeting Location Murray 212, College Avenue Campus Instructor David Bell Mislan, Ph.D. Office Hours T. & Th. from 6:45 to 7:30 (location tbd), by appt., & after class Office E-mail [email protected] Course Website Course Description As a social science, the study of international relations tries to make sense of the world around us without relying on superstition. It is a young discipline when compared to the rest of the social and behavioral sciences (i.e. economics.) Prior to 1945, scholars considered the practice of international relations to be the “sport of kings” that had little to do with systemic causes or, practically, anything beyond the whim of a few influential people. This changed when the three waves of democratization over the latter half of the twentieth century encouraged Americans and other Westerners to establish IR as a field of study— with the power to create policy in the hands of ordinary people, the sport of kings was no more. In the current era, individuals like you and I have a say in the practice of international relations and are duly affected by what happens across the globe. This popularization of international politics has encouraged researchers to redouble their efforts to understand international relations beyond the behavior of a few leaders. Some of us, maybe Quixotian at best, feel that producing value- free knowledge about international relations might lead to a better world. As a result, the scholarly field of IR is a rapidly growing; we’ve learned more about macro-level politics in the past fifty years than humanity has known in the past five thousand. This course is designed to introduce you to this relatively new field and what we’ve learned so far. We will pay close attention to the dominant paradigms in the study of
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PS 102 FALL 2009 SYLLABUS - Introduction to International...

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