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POLS

051 Summer 2013 Introduction to International relations Why do nations fight? Why do wars occur? How could peace be maintained? How do ethics, expediency, and national interest influence international affairs? How do national power, international politics, and sovereignty interact? Is the international system inherently programmed for conflict? Is every nation in a struggle for survival fears others? Is the quest for dominance the only choice available to assure survival of the great powers? These are basic questions addressed in an introductory course on International Relations. Theories of international relations could be grouped in two schools of thought. One is Liberalism that views states to be the main actors in international politics, that internal characteristics shape states behavior, and that economic interdependence, democracy, and international organizations constitute more compelling influences on states than power calculations. The other is Realism that also sees states as main actors in international relations, but finds human nature, the global structure of state relations, and the struggle to survival, as the main motivators of international relations. We begin our quest to understand international relations with Classical Realism which dominated the study of politics among nations from the 1940s for three decades and reemerged in the 1990s. Required Readings: Hans J. Morgenthau, The Struggle for Power and Peace (Brief Edition), Revised by Kenneth W. Thompson (McGrawHill) John G. Stoessinger, Crusaders And Pragmatists: Movers of Modern American Foreign Policy (Norton) The books are available through online booksellers at very reasonable prices. Evaluation: There will be three examinations in this course. The first, a takehome, will receive 20% of the grade for the course. The second, and hourly inclass test, will receive 40% of the grade. The final exam will be another takehome with 25% of the grade. The remaining 15% will be allocated to class participation and quizzes. Class attendance is crucial since makeups for missed discussions and quizzes will be impossible and impractical. Takehome exams submitted late, will be subjected to a 50% grade penalty.

Department of Political Science Dr. Fariborz Mokhtari

Morgenthau Week One: Week Two: Week Three: Stoessinger Week Four: Week Five: Week Six:

Introduction, International Politics , Struggle for Power,

v16 1749 50112

National Power, 113180 Balance of Power, 181216 International Morality, 217274 TakeHome Exam Questions Will Be Given TakeHome Exams Due at Beginning of Class Peace Through Limitation, 275330 Peace Through Transformation, 331358 Peace Through Accommodation, 359390

Young America & The World, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt Korea 1950 Hourly Test The Suez Crisis Brush With Nuclear War The American Empire & Vietnam

38 835 3566 66107

107143 143177 177214

Search for Stability 214262 Ethics in a World of Power 262285 Final Exam (TakeHome) Questions Will Be Given In and Out of Cold War 285318 Take Home Exam Due at Beginning of Class