Political Science | History of International Relations
Y210 | 3551 | 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
year 1500.  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 or
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); Lester C. Thurow, The Future of Capitalism:
How Today's Economic Forces Shape Tomorrow's World (New York: William Morrow
and Company, 1996); 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).