International Relations Theory (IR 201)

2021 Fall
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
International Relations(IR)
3
6.00 / 6.00 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
Oya Yeğen zoyayegen@sabanciuniv.edu,
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English
Undergraduate
SPS102 SPS101
Formal lecture
Interactive
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CONTENT

Surveys basic concepts and processes in international relations. The course presents competing theoretical perspectives; realism, liberalism, and radical approaches with a special emphasis on post-cold war debates. Partial theories such as foreign policy analysis, conflict analysis and resolution, and security studies are also examined.

OBJECTIVE

The aim of the course is to introduce students to the main paradigms and theories in international relations. The course intends to equip students with basic skills and tools of international relations theory. In subsequent years of study students can use these theories to interpret historical and currents world events. Therefore, the course is foundational for further study in international relations.

LEARNING OUTCOME

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
* List the main actors of international relations
* Distinguish between different issue areas of international relations, such as international conflict and political economy
* Outline the basic assumptions of international relations theories, such as (neo) realism and (neo) liberalism
* Identify the main differences between theories of international relations
* Apply theories to case studies
* Assess the explanatory power of each theory

ASSESSMENT METHODS and CRITERIA

  Percentage (%)
Final 40
Midterm 50
Participation 10

RECOMENDED or REQUIRED READINGS

Textbook

Paul Viotti and Mark Kauppi, International Relations Theory, Pearson, 2012.

Optional Readings

Recommended Readings in International Relations

? James Dougherty and Robert Pfaltgraff, Contending Theories of International Relations, NY, Longman, 2001.
? Hans Morgenthau, Politics among Nations: The Struggle for Power and Peace, Macgraw Hill, 1948.
? E.H.Carr, The Twenty Years? crisis, New York: Harper, 1964.
? Steve Smith, ?The USA and Discipline of International Relations: Hegemonic Country, Hegemonic discipline?, International Studies Review, vol.4, no.2, Summer 2002, pp. 67-87. (Blackwell online)
? Kenneth Waltz, ?International Politics is not Foreign Policy?, Security Studies, 1996, vol.6, pp.54-57.
? Inis Claude, Power and International Relations, New York: Random house, 1962.
? Kenneth Waltz, Theory of International Politics, New York: McGraw Hill, 1979.
? Francis Beer and Robert Harriman, Post-Realism: The rhetorical turn in International Relations, Michigan state univ.press, 1996.
? David Baldwin, Neorealism and neoliberalism: The Contemporary debate, Columbia University press, 1993.
? Barry Buzan et al, Logic of Anarchy: Neorealism to Structural Realism, NY: Columbia University press, 1993.
? Robert Keohane, Power and Governance in a Partially globalized world, London, Routledge, 2002.
? Stephen Krasner, Sovereignty: Organized Hypocrisy, New Jersey: Princeton University press, 1999.
? Robert Keohane, Power and Governance in a Partially globalized world, London, Routledge, 2002.
? Stephen Krasner, Sovereignty: Organized Hypocrisy, New Jersey: Princeton University press, 1999.
? Alexander Wendt, Social Theory of International Relations, Cambridge, 1999.
? John Mearsheimer, The Tragedy of Great Power Politics, Norton and Company, 2001.
? Peter Katzenstein (ed.), The Culture of National Security, New York: Columbia University Press, 1996.
? Bull, Hedley, 1977, The Anarchical Society: A Study of Order in World Politics, New York: Columbia University Press.