PS 0500: Introduction to International Relations
Lecture: M/W 3:00-3:50 Cathedral of Learning 232
Recitation: As Scheduled
Office Hours: Tu 1:00-3:00 Posvar 4446
Problem Set #1, Data Analysis #1, Problem Set #2, Data Analysis #2
International relations is the study of how states interact with each other. This course builds a working knowledge of our field, introducing the background, theoretical, and empirical tools necessary to understand international relations today. Students will learn about important findings in a variety of subfields, including war, international political economy, institutions, nuclear proliferation, and terrorism. To do so, the course emphasizes readings from original research material rather than from a textbook. Students will also solve problem sets and work with common international relations datasets to obtain a working understanding of the discipline’s methodological foundations.
Topic 12: Intervention
Topic 11: Terrorism
Topic 10: Nuclear Weapons
Topic 9: The United Nations
Topic 8: International Institutions
Reading: Controlling Institutions, Chapter 1
Topic 7: Economic Sanctions
Readings: Do Economic Sanctions Destabilize Leaders?
Lecture: Principal-Agent Problems, Diversionary War, Gambling for Resurrection, Democratic Accountability, Leader Retirement, Fighting for Survival and Peace through Instability, Bargaining and Leaders, Pandering, Leaders and Uncertainty
Topic 5: The Democratic Peace Theory
Reading: The Logic of Political Survival (Chapter 1)
Topic 4: International Trade
No readings this week.
Lecture: The Rationality of War, The Unitary Actor Assumption, War’s Inefficiency Puzzle, The Algebraic Bargaining Model of War, War’s Bargaining Range, Crisis Bargaining, Preventive War, Information Problems and Incentives to Misrepresent, Issue Indivisibility, Preemptive War, Understanding War, Militarized Interstate Disputes, Correlates of War and the Long Peace
Lecture: Conflict versus Cooperation, The Prisoner’s Dilemma, The Cult of the Offensive and the Origins of World War I, Tariffs and the Barriers to Free Trade, Arms Races, The Shadow of the Future, Grim Trigger, Benevolent Cooperation
Topic 1: IR Basics
Topic 0: Logistics