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Concept Notes - Intro to International Relations Why We...

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Intro to International Relations Why We Disagree About IR
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Why Study IR Exposure to a number of issues in IR Become better consumers of information Understand the approach political scientists take to the study of IR
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Course Description Perspectives [ ideal-type theories or explanations that emphasize one of four causes of world events over the others ] Used to describe, explain, predict Realist [ power ] Liberal [ institutions ] Identity [ ideas ] Critical theory [ history ]
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Definitions Power - is determined by wealth and material capabilities Institutions – are informal and formal rules that constrain/structure political, economic, or social interaction Ideas - define beliefs, norms, and values. Substantive narratives driven by ideas accumulate and influence identity. History – is a record of past social and political change
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Example: Darfur Economic and material differences in Arab and African tribes [R] Effects of colonization [L] Clash between Christian black population and Muslim Arabs [I]
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