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Course Plan and Syllabus 2012

Course Code: 1855 Course Name: Introduction to International Politics Course Leader: Hilde Eliassen Restad Time: 10:15-12:00 Date Week 1 June 25 Introduction by Hilde E. Restad (HER) The Basics: Concepts and Context HER Theories of IR: Realism and Neo-Realism Morten Skumsrud Andersen War, Security and Geopolitics: The case of the Nordic states. Håkon Lunde Saxi Theories of IR: Liberalism and Neo-Liberalism Morten Skumsrud Andersen [No readings] (Hand out Dessler and Owen) Textbook Introduction & chap. 2 (Hand out: Müller) Textbook chaps. 5 &7 Moritzen (2006); Saxi (2010) Textbook chaps. 6 &7 Müller (2002) *hardcopy handout* Textbook chap. 9; Owen and Dessler (2005) *hardcopy* GWP chapters 17, 19, 30. (hand out Tsygankov and Restad) Time Topic/ Readings/ Lecturer Readings Email: hilde.restad@nupi.no

June 26 June 27 June 28 June 29 Week 2 July 02

Alliances and Cooperation in International Politics Kristin M. Haugevik Theories of IR: Constructivism HER International law, the United Nations, and human rights HER Group work Presentations group work

July 03 July 04 July 05 July 06 Week 3 July 09 July 10 July 11 July 12 July 13 Week 4 July 16

U.S. Ambassador Barry White will lecture and take your questions on the 2012 presidential election Russian Foreign Policy: Change and Continuity Geir Flikke International law and the “War on Terror” HER No Classes: Long Weekend No Classes: Long Weekend Tsygankov (2010), chapters 5, 6. *hardcopy* Restad (2012b) *hardcopy* ---

Midterm Examination www.summerschool.uio.no

(Hand out Desch)

July 17 July 18 July 19 July 20 Week 5 July 23 July 24

Excursion: Nobel Peace Center Humanitarian Interventions, Libya case study HER State weakness and (in)security Erlend Grøner Krogstad Normative IR Theory: Nationalism vs. Cosmopolitanism Erlend Grøner Krogstad In-Depth Topic: U.S. Foreign Policy: Historical background HER U.S. Foreign Policy: Modern traditions HER Domestic sources of U.S. Foreign Policy: The Israel Lobby case study HER Terrorism Anders Romarheim Counter-Terrorism Anders Romarheim GWP chap 30; The Economist editorial *online* Clapham (2002); Milliken & Krause (2002) Pogge (2002); Walzer (1983)

Restad (2012a) Leffler (2005); Desch (2007/08) *hardcopy * Walt & Mearsheimer (2006); Gelb (2007) *online* (hand out Ikenberry) Hoffman (2006) Silke (2005)

July 25

July 26 July 27 Week 6 July 30 July 31 August 01 August 02

The Future of U.S. Foreign Policy: Decline & Declinism HER

Kagan (2012) *online*; Ikenberry (2008); *hardcopy *

Summary of the course Reading day FINAL EXAM


Reading List
Available at the bookstore “Akademika”, Blindern campus:
Main text book: John Baylis. Steve Smith & Patricia Owens (eds.) (2010), The Globalization of World Politics: An Introduction to International Relations. Fifth Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Shortened to GWP in the syllabus.

Available online/ compendium:
Those available online have URL’s and a * next to them, which means you will have to find them online and read them – they will not be handed out as hard copies. Clapham, Christopher ‘The Challenge to the State in a Globalized World’, Development and Change 33:5 (2002), 775-95 *Editorial, “Libya, Europe, and the Future of NATO: Always Awaiting the US Cavalry,” The Economist 10 June 2011. Access at: http://www.economist.com/blogs/charlemagne/2011/06/libya-europe-and-future-nato *Gelb, Leslie. “Dual Loyalties,” The New York Times 23 September, 2007 url: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/23/books/review/Gelb-t.html?pagewanted=all Hoffman, Bruce (2006) Inside Terrorism. New York: Columbia University Press. Kagan, Robert “Power and Weakness,” Policy Review No. 113 (2002). Stable URL: http://www.hoover.org/publications/policy-review/article/7107 *Kagan, Robert. “Not Fade Away. The Myth of American Decline.” The New Republic (2012). URL: http://www.tnr.com/article/politics/magazine/99521/america-worldpower-declinism Leffler, Melvyn P. “9/11 and American Foreign Policy” Diplomatic History Vol. 29, No. 3, (June 2005): 395–413. Mearsheimer, John J. and Stephen Walt, “The Israel Lobby”, London Review of Books Vol. 28 No. 6 · 23 March 2006: 3-12. Online: http://www.lrb.co.uk/v28/n06/johnmearsheimer/the-israel-lobby Milliken, Jennifer and Keith Krause, ‘State Failure, State Collapse and State Reconstruction’, Development and Change 33:5 (2002), 753-774 Moritzen, Hans "The Nordic-Baltic Area: Divisive Geopolitics at Work." Cambridge Review of International Affairs, Vo. 19. No. 3, September 2006.


Pogge, Thomas (2002) "Cosmopolitanism and Sovereignty" Excerpt from World Poverty and Human Rights: Cosmopolitan Responsibilities and Reform Cambridge: Polity Press. Restad, Hilde Eliassen. (a) “Old Paradigms in History Die Hard in Political Science: American Exceptionalism and U.S. Foreign Policy,” American Political Thought Vol. 1, No. 1 (2012): 53-77. Saxi, Håkon Lunde "Defending small states: Norwegian and Danish defence policies in the post-Cold War era." Defense & Security Analysis 26, no. 4 (December 2010). Silk, Andrew (2005) “Fire of Iolaus: The role of state countermeasures in causing terrorism and what needs to be done”, in Bjørgo, ed. The Root Causes of Terrorism. London: Taylor & Francis Group. Walzer, Michael (1983) "Membership" [Ch. 2] in Michael Walzer, Excerpt from Spheres of Justice: A Defense of Pluralism and Equality. New York: Basic Books.

Hardcopies that will be handed out by instructor:
Desch, Michael. “America’s Liberal Illiberalism: The Ideological Origins of Overreaction in U.S. Foreign Policy,” International Security Vol. 32, No. 3 (Winter 2007/08). URL: http://belfercenter.ksg.harvard.edu/files/IS3203_pp007-043_Desch.pdf Dessler, David and John M. Owen. “Constructivism and the Problem of Explanation: A Review Article,” Perspectives on Politics Vol. 3, No. 3 (2005): 597-610. URL: http://www.euce.gatech.edu/files/Dessler-and-Owen-Constructivism-and-theProblem-of-Explanation.pdf Ikenberry, G. John. “The Rise of China and the Future of the West,” Foreign Affairs January/February 2008. Müller, Harald (2002) "Security cooperation", in Walter Carlsnaes, Thomas Risse and Beth A. Simmons, (eds.) Handbok of International Relations. London: Sage. Restad, Hilde Eliassen. (b) “The War on Terror from Bush to Obama: On Power and Path Dependency,” NUPI Working Paper No. 798 (2012): 1-52. Tsygankov, Andrei P. Russia’s Foreign Policy. Change and Continuity in National Identity. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (2010). Chapters 5, 6.


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