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Musgrave Syllabus for GOVT 006, Summer 2012 1
Syllabus for GOVT 006:Introduction to International RelationsSummer 2012
Course Information 
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday  July 9
 – 
August 10Car Barn 2028:30 a.m.
 – 
10:30 a.m.
Instructor Information 
Paul Musgrave
Office Hours By Appointment 
Introduction 
 The field of international relations studies the interactions of political units that do notanswer to a common authority. As a result, the questions that IR scholars ask about the world are almost always different than those asked by scholars of American or comparative
politics. Instead of studying individuals’ voting behavior or the evolution of a country’s
political institutions, IR scholars ask instead: Why do states make war? Why do statessometimes choose protectionism and sometimes choose free trade? Is war more or less likely if there are one, two, or many powerful states in the world? Did the advent of nuclear weapons fundamentally change world politics? Will the twenty-first century be as bloody asthe twentieth? Answering these questions will help us understand more immediate problems, like what theconsequences of a given U.S. foreign policy move will be or how we should understand therelationship between global trade and domestic politics. In this class, we will explore themajor theories of international relations, investigate a variety of applications of thesetheories, and discuss topics that seem likely to grow in importance in the future.In this course, we will talk about how theories help us understand the world. This is adifferent
 — 
and more powerful
 — 
 way of thinking about the subject than journalistic orpolicy-driven accounts that hinge on contingent and limited factors. One consequence of this approach is that you may find it somewhat difficult to think in abstract and causal termsat first. That is natural (literally so
 — 
our brains are not designed to handle chains of abstractreasoning!). But thinking theoretically will become easier for you as the course progresses,and you will finish the course with the tools necessary to understand your world in a moreprofound way than when you began.
 A Note on the Syllabus 
I do not expect any major changes to be made to the syllabus after the course begins, but if any changes should become necessary, I will notify the class in a timely manner.
 
Musgrave Syllabus for GOVT 006, Summer 2012 2
Class Meetings 
 The class will begin on time. I will usually begin the day by referring to either a current eventin the news or a major event from history before beginning the lecture. During the lecture,you should feel free to ask questions. There will be time for discussion at the end of mostclass sections.
Headlines don’t set the agenda for International Relations, but scholars certainly do react to
events in the world. Consequently, you should keep up to date with the news, ideally by reading the
 New York Times 
, the
Financial Times 
, or the
Wall Street Journal.
 
Office Hours 
I do not hold set office hours, but I do encourage you to visit my tungle pagehttp://www.tungle.com/paulmusgrave )to set up meetings with me. Visiting office hours is an important part of your education.
 Evaluation 
Participation/Attendance: 15%In-Class Reading Quizzes: 15%Midterm: 30%Final Essay: 20%Final Exam: 20%
Grading Scale 
  A+ 97-100 B+ 87-89.9 C+ 77-79.9 D 60-69.9 A 93-96.9 B 83-86.9 C 73-76.9 F <60 A- 90-92.9 B- 80-82.9 C- 70-72.9 The midterm and final will be mixes of short-answer, identification, and essay questions. Thefinal exam will be comprehensive. The final paper will be 4 to 6 pages long (12-point, double-spaced, in Garamond font, with
1‖
margins throughout). I will distribute topics and additional instructions during the course.Expect a minimum of six and a maximum of ten short quizzes over material from thereading. I will drop your lowest score.Participation and attendance are both
important to the course. Good participation doesn’t
require you to put your hand up every time I ask for questions; rather, I will evaluate thequality of your participation as well as the quantity. You should also feel free to come to my office hours if you do not like participating in the informal discussion part of the course.From time to time, we will have in-class activities that require your participation. Absences without an excuse will count as a zero. Official documentation, such as a medicalexcuse or the official GU form for university-related extracurricular activities, is required foran absence to be excused and not counted against your participation grade. I am strict about
this, because it’s fair
est to everyone.
 
Musgrave Syllabus for GOVT 006, Summer 2012 3 You may not appeal a grade until 24 hours after you have received the work. All gradeappeals must be accompanied by a written explanation of why you think the grade should bechanged. I reserve the right to raise or lower the grade on re-examination.
 Academic Integrity 
 
 All university policy regarding academic integrity applies in this course and will be strictly enforced. Violations include, but are not limited to, 1) cheating of 
any kind
and 2) providing false or misleading information to receive a postponement or extension on a test, quiz, orassignment. For a full review of university policy, seehttp://scs.georgetown.edu/departments/29/summer-school/resources-and-policies.cfm .
Students with Disabilities 
 
Students with disabilities should contact the Academic Resource Center (Leavey Center,Suite 335; 202-687-8354;arc@georgetown.edu;http://ldss.georgetown.edu/index.cfm ) before the start of classes to allow their office time to review the documentation and makerecommendations for appropriate accommodations. If accommodations are recommended,you will be given a letter from ARC to share with your professors.
 You are personallyresponsible for completing this process officially and in a timely manner.
Neitheraccommodations nor exceptions to policies can be permitted to students who have notcompleted this process in advance.
Classroom Etiquette and Student Conduct 
 
Students should turn off all cell phones, pagers, laptop computers, and other electronic
devices while in class. (There are studies backing up instructors’ intuitions that students do
not retain information as well if their laptops are open during teaching time, even if they areusing their computers to take notes.) I will make a limited exception for iPads, Kindles,Nooks, and similar tablets if they are used for reading electronic versions of course texts
only 
.Failure to comply will forfeit your tablet privileges for the semester (yes, even if your only copy of the book is electronic).I will post lecture notes and other material on Blackboard. The lecture notes will be posted
after 
the conclusion of the class session.
Course Readings 
 
 This course is reading intensive. I strongly suggest that you form reading groups to lightenthe load. Course readings not drawn from the required texts will be posted on Blackboard.Required Texts:
 
 Jeffry Frieden, David Lake, and Kenneth Schultz,
World Politics: Interests,Interactions, Institutions 
(Norton, 2010). (Henceforward
FLS 
.) ISBN 978-0-393-92709-2
 
Daniel Drezner,
Theories of International Politics and Zombies 
(Princeton University Press, 2011) ISBN13: 978-0-691-14783-3

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