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WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO IN THIS CLASS?. What three big questions will we study? Why do countries do what they do? When do states work together, what “game changes” are emerging in the 21st C? What assignments will you have?:

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What are we going to do in this class

WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO IN THIS CLASS?

What three big questions will we study?

  • Why do countries do what they do? When do states work together, what “game changes” are emerging in the 21st C?

    What assignments will you have?:

  • 3 unit tests that use weighted grading + 3 + 3 papers/long essays (85%)

  • Class participation (15%)

    Are there any course policies I should pay special attention to?

  • The honor code & early examinations

  • Late and e-mailed assignments


What do young americans know about ir nat geo 2002 18 24yrs

WHAT DO YOUNG AMERICANS KNOW ABOUT IR? (Nat. Geo., 2002, 18-24yrs)


Why study ir

WHY STUDY IR?

Why is IR important?

Is American empire in decline? Will “our” institutions go with us?

The rise of the rest will transform global politics

How is globalization challenging the intl. system that has allowed the west to dominate global politics for half a millennium?

Can we fight terrorism and crime any more?

Does development have a dark side? Warfare, illness, & enviro

Are human beings making tremendous progress? Human rights and moral obligations

Is this all study and no action?

The contradiction that is US politics: We don’t care but we matter so much

Much of IR deals with “Collective action” problems and “public goods” problems: Can one state or even just you really make a difference? Can your country make a difference?


How do political scientists study ir

HOW DO POLITICAL SCIENTISTS STUDY IR?

What’s the problem with taking IR from a political scientist?

  • Where does IR fit into the discipline of political science? What are the benefits and costs of subdisciplines?

    How do political scientists study IR?

  • What is scientific about the social sciences?

  • What do theories do for us?

  • Why do we make generalizations and use categories?

  • Is it ok to let feelings play a role in the study of politics?


What are some of the key concepts that you need to know

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE KEY CONCEPTS THAT YOU NEED TO KNOW?

What is the international system?: The set of institutions, rules, norms that govern the powerrelationship between different societies. To some degree, the present intl. system has existed for around 500 years.

What is power and what forms does it take?:

Hard, soft, diplomatic, & sticky

Is power “absolute” or “relative”?

States, nations, & regimes: What’s the difference?

IGOs, NGOs, and MNCs

What is sovereignty?

What are the defining features of the present intl. system? Anarchy , self-help, and hegemony

Why do these features create the security dilemma?

What are the fpir mean when he says that the two main approaches to IR are traditionalism (realism) and idealism (liberalism)?


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