Conceptual Foundations of International Politics

First Lecture Drawing on academic literature, lectures, panel discussions and films, Conceptual Foundations of International Politics examines many of the central concepts, theories, and analytical tools used in contemporary social science to understand and explain international politics. The theoretical literature is drawn from different fields in the social science, including comparative politics, international relations, political sociology, and economics. The course is designed to enhance students’ abilities to think critically and analytically about current problems and challenges in international politics.

The course is composed of several introductory sessions followed by two-week modules on International Political Economy; States, Regimes and Rights; War and Peace; Culture and Identities. The weekly requirements, including the reading assignments, the plenary session and seminar-style sections form an integral whole. All students are required to attend the Monday plenary sessions and to do the assigned readings before their (6804) section each week because the readings and lectures, films and panels form the basis of the sections. For each module there will be an assignment that will constitute one quarter of the final grade; the remaining quarter will be based on participation in section.