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Department of Political Science Dr.

Fariborz Mokhtari

POLS 051 Summer 2013

Introduction to International relations Why do nations fight? Why do wars occur? How could peace be maintained? How do ethics, expediency, and national interest influence international affairs? How do national power, international politics, and sovereignty interact? Is the international system inherently programmed for conflict? Is every nation in a struggle for survival fears others? Is the quest for dominance the only choice available to assure survival of the great powers? These are basic questions addressed in an introductory course on International Relations. Theories of international relations could be grouped in two schools of thought. One is Liberalism that views states to be the main actors in international politics, that internal characteristics shape states’ behavior, and that economic interdependence, democracy, and international organizations constitute more compelling influences on states than power calculations. The other is Realism that also sees states as main actors in international relations, but finds human nature, the global structure of state relations, and the struggle to survival, as the main motivators of international relations. We begin our quest to understand international relations with “Classical Realism” which dominated the study of politics among nations from the 1940s for three decades and re-emerged in the 1990s. Required Readings: Hans J. Morgenthau, The Struggle for Power and Peace (Brief Edition), Revised by Kenneth W. Thompson (McGraw-Hill) John G. Stoessinger, Crusaders And Pragmatists: Movers of Modern American Foreign Policy (Norton) The books are available through online booksellers at very reasonable prices. Evaluation: There will be three examinations in this course. The first, a take-home, will receive 20% of the grade for the course. The second, an hourly in-class test, will receive 40% of the grade. The final exam will be another take-home with 25% of the grade. The remaining 15% will be allocated to class participation and quizzes. Class attendance is crucial since make-ups for missed discussions and quizzes will be impossible and impractical. Take-home exams submitted late, will be subjected to a 50% grade penalty.

Morgenthau Week One: Introduction, International Politics, Struggle for Power, v-16 17-49 50-112

Week Two:

National Power, 113-180 Balance of Power, 181-216 International Morality, 217-274 Take-Home Exam Questions Will Be Given Take-Home Exams Due at Beginning of Class Peace Through Limitation, 275-330 Peace Through Transformation, 331-358 Peace Through Accommodation, 359-390

Week Three:

Stoessinger Week Four: Young America & The World, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt Korea 1950 Hourly Test Week Five: The Suez Crisis Brush With Nuclear War The American Empire & Vietnam 107-143 143-177 177-214 3-8 8-35 35-66 66-107

Week Six:

Search for Stability 214-262 Ethics in a World of Power 262-285 Final Exam (Take-Home) Questions Will Be Given In and Out of Cold War 285-318 Take Home Exam Due at Beginning of Class

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