PS 0500 (2019 Spring)

PS 0500: Introduction to International Relations
William Spaniel
Spring 2019
Lecture: M/W 3:00-3:50 Cathedral of Learning 232
Recitation: As Scheduled
Office Hours: Tu 1:00-3:00 Posvar 4446
Email: williamspaniel@gmail.com
Syllabus
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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 2: Basic Models of Conflict and Cooperation
Readings: The Cult of the Offensive and The Evolution of Cooperation, Chapter 1 and Chapter 4

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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
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Lecture: Introduction, Sovereignty, Anarchy, Proximate versus Underlying Causes, The Strategic World

Topic 0: Logistics
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