PSC/IR 106: Introduction to International Relations
Lecture: M/W 9:00-9:50 Morey 321
Recitation: As Assigned
Office Hours: W 2:15-4:15 Harkness 320B
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Problem Set #1, Problem Set #2, Data Analysis #1, 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, and nuclear proliferation. To do so, the course emphasizes readings from original research material rather than from a textbook. Further, students will solve problem sets and analyze common international relations datasets to obtain a working understanding of the discipline’s methodological foundations.
The Second Midterm
Concluding slides here
12/8 will be a review session. The second midterm (and our final meeting) is on 12/10.
To accommodate students for the last exam, our office hours schedule is as follows:
Monday: Will 10-12, Matt 12-2
Tuesday: Doug 10-12, Brad 12-2, Gleason 2-4
Topic 12: Intervention
Topic 11: Terrorism
Reading: Sabotaging the Peace
Topic 10: Nuclear Weapons
Lectures: Who Has Nuclear Weapons?, Mutually Assured Destruction, Is War Obsolete?, Stability-Instability Paradox, Nuclear Pessimism, Leveraging Nuclear Strength, Covert Nuclear Strength, The Iraq War: A Rational Mistake
Topic 9: The United Nations
Topic 8: International Institutions
Topic 7: Economic Sanctions
Topic 6: Leaders Matter
Reminder: The midterm is on 10/22. There will be a review session from 7-8pm on 10/21 in Meliora 203. I will only be taking questions; there will be no prepared material. In place of their normal office hours, Brad will be holding his at 2-4 on Monday and Matt will be holding his at 12-2 on Tuesday. There will be no office hours or recitations on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. All of these changes are for this week only and to assist in preparing you for the midterm.
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
Topic 4: International Trade
Reminder: The first problem set is due on Wednesday, October 1 at the beginning of class.
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: The Basics (9/3 and 9/8)
Note: We are assigning recitations in Morey 321 on 9/5. If you do not come or register for the class late, it is imperative you see one of us to be added to a recitation.