POLI244-001 International Politics: State BehaviourFall 2019McGill UniversityMWF 1:35-2:25PM Leacock 132Professor Daniel Douek, PhDEmail: [email protected]Office: Ferrier 460 Office Hours: Mon. and Wed. 10-11AMCourse Description:International Relations (IR), the foundational subfield of Political Science, is predicated upon the study of state behaviour. Through analyzing the state, IR has sought to explain the major processes and outcomes of human history, including war, alliance formation, cooperation, and peacemaking. Like the field of IR itself, thiscourse will place an emphasis on states’ preoccupation with security inthe context of the anarchic global system. We will examine and compare the various schools of thought in IR, including realism, neo-realism, liberalism, institutionalism, game theory, and constructivism. These paradigms will come to life through the lens of processes such as World War I, World War II, the Cold War, the Vietnam War, the end ofthe Cold War, the War on Terror, and the emerging US-China rivalry. Wewill also explore critical streams of IR theory such as Marxism, feminism, and Developing-Area studies. Readings:Most of the readings for this course are journal articles thatwill be posted for you in PDF on MyCourses. Those readings that are not digitally available are included in a course-pack available for purchase at the University bookstore or on 3-hour reserve at the Library. Please note: Recommended readings are not mandatory; they are intended to give you further perspective, and to serve as suggested sources for your research essay. There are no prerequisites for this course. RequirementsCome to class prepared: Do all the assigned readings before class. This is important in order for you to be able to follow the lectures, which will build on (rather than just review) the readings, and for participation in your conferences. Attend class and take notes: The lectures will go far beyond the material in the textbook, so you will need to absorb and retain the lecture contents in order to succeed.Check the course website regularly: I will post announcements andother key features of the course on MyCourses. I will remind you about 1
this in class, but it is your responsibility to keep up with any and all online aspects of the course. Keep up with the news: One of the most useful things about politicalscience is that it helps us to understand current events. You’ll get muchmore out of this class if you read the news regularly. Good news sources include CBC, Globe and Mail, New York Times, BBC World, the Nation, the Financial Times, Al-Jazeera, the Washington Post, the Economist, Foreign Policy, among others. Assessments and GradingCONFERENCE PARTICIPATION (10%): This portion of your grade is based on attendance and participation in your weekly conference sections. Attendance ismandatory and will be recorded at every conference. You should show up to the conferences having done the readings and prepared to discuss and analyze them.