PS 0500 (Spring 2021)

PS 0500: Introduction to International Relations
William Spaniel
Spring 2021
Lecture: Tu/Th 11:05-11:55 G18 William Pitt Union Sunroom
Recitation: As Scheduled
Office Hours: Tu 1:00-3:00 Posvar 4446
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Assignments: Homework 1, Homework 2, Homework 3, Homework 4, Homework 5, Homework 6

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 1: IR Basics

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

Topic 0: Logistics