2.0. Theoretical Perspectives and the Study of Global Politics. Learning Objectives: Understand how Realists describe global politics Identify the Realist view of power Explain international events through the concepts of the Stag Hunt, Security Dilemma, and Balance of Power.
Study Tip: It is important to understand how IR theories developed in the context of historical events. Read the theory material in the textbook carefully.
The Intellectual Roots of Realism:
The Principles of Realism
Remember these principles! Think of them as the three “S’s” (SSS) of realism. They do not represent the entire content of Realism, but they are an essential starting point for remembering what Realists are all about.
Behind the Monolith of Realism (textbook)
Realism, Power, and Policy
Remember, realism is a paradigm, not a political platform. However, a realist would give a certain type of policy advice to a leader or government based on the realist view of the world. What advice would a realist give to the government of Canada on the conduct of Canadian foreign and defence policy?
Realism and the Balance of Power
Realism and global politics today