Political Science | Continuity/Change in Int Rel
Y396 | 3787 | Hoole
The purpose of this course is to assist the student in
improving his or her ability to understand and analyze international
relations since the beginning of the Peloponnesian War in 431 B.C.
Abstract concepts and analytical frameworks will be considered, along
with specific information about historical and contemporary
activities. Because this class is a COAS Intensive Writing Course,
the development of abilities to write about international relations
is also of primary importance.
A seminar format will be utilized and each student is
expected to participate fully in class discussions. Attendance at
each class session is required and grades may be lowered on the basis
of absence from class. Five short (5-page) papers are required. The
papers will be due about once a month. Each term paper will count
for 15% and class participation will count for 25% of the semester
grade. The instructor reserves the right to give a final
examination, but hopes not to do so.
Required books: Robert Gilpin, War and Change in World
Politics (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1981); Paul Kennedy,
The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers: Economic Change and Military
Conflict from 1500 to 2000 (New York: Random House, 1987);
Thucydides, The Peloponnesian War (Translated by Walter Blanco) (New
York: W.W. Norton and Company, 1998); T. E. Vadney, The World Since
1945 (New York: Viking Penguin, 1987); and Immanuel Wallerstein, The
Modern-World System I (San Diego: Academic Press, 1974).