Courses

Fall 2017 Course Schedule

International Relations Electives 
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IR 002 Current Issues in World Affairs (3)

This is a survey course designed primarily for non-IR majors or minors. The purpose is to acquaint students with some of the concepts and historical facts behind current global issues. The content of this course will, in part, be dictated by international events as they unfold.

IR 010. Introduction to World Politics (4)
Introduction to the major principles, concepts, and theories of international relations, along with a historical background focusing on the 19th and 20th centuries. Topics to be covered include the nature of power, balance of power theories, national interest, decision making in foreign policy, theories of war and expansion, patterns of cooperation, and international political economy.  Grigoryan. (SS)

IR 011 International Relations in Popular Culture (4)

International politics inspires all forms of cultural response, including novels, poetry, art, and film. These media are as or even more influential in shaping public views of international relations, and often policy, than is social science research. This course examine international politics through the artistic lens, juxtaposing artistic interpretations with social science explanations. (HU)

IR 015 Authoritarianism (4)
Authoritarianism has been the dominant form of government throughout history, and more than half of the world lives under it today. This course addresses its various forms and central dynamics. Learn how rulers organize coups, repress societal opposition, create cults of personality, enrich cronies, and avoid being overthrown by rivals. Use real-world case studies from the Mideast, Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America to find out how authoritarian regimes have dealt with technological change and Western democracy promotion. (SS)

IR 019. Current Issues in World Affairs (3)
This is a survey course designed primarily for non-IR majors or minors. The purpose is to acquaint students with some of the concepts and historical facts behind current global issues. The content of this course will, in part, be dictated by international events as they unfold. Staff. (SS)

IR 026 Political Economy of Corruption (4)
This course examines causes and consequences of various forms of corruption from the political-economic perspective. It will help students better understand sources, types, patterns, and consequences of corruption. Corruption is a complex and multifaceted problem that plagues public and private sector institutions around the globe. The students will learn about different manifestations of corruption in different cultural and institutional settings. By the end of the course students are expected to be able to evaluate how corruption affects economic growth, resource allocation, and quality of human life and assess global and national strategies to reduce corruption.  Students may not receive credit for both IR 026 and IR 226.  Duvanova 

IR 030 The Nuclear Revolution (4)

The invention of nuclear weapons has revolutionized international politics more profoundly than anything since the invention of agriculture. States can now destroy each other without defeating each other militarily or even if defeated themselves, leading to elaborate concerns about nuclear deterrence, nuclear proliferation, and custody of fissile material. Some credit nuclear deterrence with making the Cold War into the Long Peace. This course explores these and related questions, including whether we can expect the Long Peace to continue. (SS)

IR 034. Society, Technology and War since the Renaissance (4)
This course explores the links between war and society in both directions: the impact of social, economic, and technological change on how wars are fought and the purposes for which they can be fought; as well as the impact of war mobilization needs and of war itself on how societies develop, including the rise of capitalism, democratization, economic planning and other modern institutions, and emancipation of disadvantaged groups in society, such as blacks and women in the United States. The American and French revolutions; the Civil War; World Wars I and II; Vietnam; Afghanistan and Iraq; the law of war; war propaganda; atrocities; the nuclear and information revolutions; the ongoing "revolution in military affairs;" and current trends in the status of military institutions in advanced societies. Kaufmann. (SS)

IR 036. International Terrorism (4)
Have we seen the peak of global terrorism, or is the worst still to come? This course examines psychological, religious, and political explanations of terrorism; legal and moral statuses of terrorism; explanations for the increasing scale of terrorism and the more frequent targeting of Americans; major terrorist organizations, structures, and means of operation; suicide terrorism; threats and vulnerabilities facing the United States and Western countries today; means of coping with terrorism as an individual and through national policy; possible future developments. Kaufmann. (SS)

IR 040 The United Nations (4)

Provides overview of key issues and debates in the United Nations and helps students understand the formal and informal operations of this global organization. We will explore two major questions. First, what are the major obstacles to effective international cooperation in the United Nations? Second, what does globalization mean for UN efforts to promote democracy, development, and human rights? Includes a trip to UN Headquarters in NY and an in-class UN simulation exercise. (ND)

IR 041 U.N. Practicum (1)

Only students participating in the U.N. Youth Representative program are eligible to register for this course. In addition to their regular activities in that program, students are required to maintain a journal of their experiences and write a brief reflective essay on how those experiences have affected their view of international activism, the UN, and the importance on international NGOs. Consent of department required.

IR 052 Ukraine at the Crossroads: Regime Change and International Politics (4)
This course investigates Ukraine’s Orange Revolution, Euromaidan protests, Russia’s annexation of Crimea, and the armed conflict in Eastern Ukraine. It will analyze domestic and international causes and consequences of these events through the lenses of news reports, social media, and scholarly publications. The course will introduce students to some basic concepts in the study of domestic and international conflict and facilitate a better understanding of current international events. (SS)

IR 056. European International Relations (4)
Examines the evolution of the modern states system in Europe. Conceptual, theoretical and historical topics include the transition from feudalism to the Westphaliam system, nationalism, imperialism, the causes of war and attempted peace settlements, the Cold War, the European Union, and the impact of the collapse of the USSR on the political and strategic structure of Europe. Staff.  (SS)

IR 057 Political Economy of Post-Communist Transitions and European Integration
In the 1990s, Central and Eastern Europe that once was ruled by the Communist regimes supported by the Soviet Union underwent radical political and economic transformations. For the rst time since decades of communism East European countries held competitive elections, introduced market principles in their economies, and joined European institutions. During these unprecedented simultaneous transformations many East European nations struggled with the tasks of establishing strong states, stable democracies, and functioning market economies. The record of success and failure in economic and political reforms varied considerably across countries. After examining political, economic, and social characteristics of state socialism in Central and Eastern Europe, this course will focus on the analysis of post-communist economic transitions and region's economic integration with the European Union. We will pay close attention to the issues of European integration, economic policy, and state capacity that are central to the region's political development.  Duvanova.

IR 061 (ASIA 061). East Asian International Relations (4)
Introduction to East Asian international relations, with emphasis on post-1945 period: historical background of Asian international system; Cold War conflicts; China's rise and regional responses; Japan's changing international role; the two Koreas; ASEAN and Asian regionalism; U.S. and Russian policies; current and future issues.  He. (SS)
 
Introduction and analysis of the historical context and key aspects of contemporary US-China relations: Cold War US containment, rapprochement and diplomatic normalization; American arms sale and the Taiwan controversy; conflict and cooperation in the Korean Peninsula; economic interdependence and frictions; human rights and security relations; Asian regional disputes. Students may not receive credit for both IR/ASIA 063 and IR/ASIA 163.  He.
 

IR 066 (ASIA 066) Japan in a Changing World (4)

This course explores Japanese foreign policy through its historical and international context; domestic determinants; foreign and security policymaking processes; policy toward major regional players; foreign economic policy; current grand strategic debates.

Addresses major themes and trends in U.S. foreign policy, including its historical evolution.  Assesses the interests and values that underlie the goals of policy and the beliefs that shape decisions on how to achieve those goals.  Also examines issues such as the constitutional division of authority, bureaucratic politics and processes, civil-military relations, and public opinion.  Staff (SS)
 
Rise of Turkish, Iranian, and Arab nationalism; creation of Israel; decline of British and French power; growth of U.S. and Soviet influence; Middle East as the world's major oil producer.  Staff. (SS)
 
Origins of the Zionist movement and of Palestinian national identity.  Evolution of the conflict before, during, and after the Israeli War of Independence/Palestinian Nakhba (Catastrophe).  1967 and subsequent occupations.  Camp David, Oslo, and subsequent peace negotiations.  The 2006 Fatah/Hamas split and state of Palestinian and Israeli politics and policy.  Role of the Arab states and of global powers such as the United States.  Kaufmann. (SS)
 
The course has two principal aims - to introduce students to the logic of social scientific research and to equip them with the basic tools of research design. To that end the course 1) examines controversies surrounding the scientific method; 2) analyzes the logics of experimental, statistical, and case-study methods; 3) explores the most common methodological errors in social scientific research; and 4) gives students a hands-on experience in designing a study.  Grigoryan.
 
The role of theory in historical explanation, prediction, and policy.  Issues of theory design and testing.  Important theoretical approaches to international relations, including the role of states' external environments; balance of power; international institutions; the role of demotic politics; bureaucracies, and individual leaders; nationalism; myth making and propaganda; psychological explanations.  Prerequisite: IR 010.  Staff (SS)
 

IR 108 Game Theory and International Politics (4)

The course is designed as a rigorous treatment of the concept of strategic interaction. The focus is on topics like collective action, bargaining under incomplete information, problems of moral hazard and adverse selection, and evolutionary models of interaction. The empirical examples will mostly be drawn from international politics, but anyone curious about the general claim that good outcomes do not necessarily follow from good intentions should find this course interesting.(MA, SS)

IR 119. Issues in International Relations (1-4)
Readings on selected themes in world politics, with theme to change each semester. Offered on an o.cas2.onal basis only. Staff. (SS) Course may be repeated.
 
IR 127. Research in International Relations (4)
Research skills in international relations. The role of theory, models and evidence in the explanation of international phenomena. Literature review; problem formulation; theory construction; research design, methods and measures; collection, analysis and interpretation of data; principles of hypothesis testing. Professional writing, either through individual research projects under faculty supervision or an apprenticeship in ongoing faculty research projects. Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor.  Staff (SS)
 
The ideal of nationalism exerts a powerful pull on almost all people everywhere. This course investigates the sources, spread, and possible future decline of nationalism and national identity, the manipulation of nationalist feelings for political purposes, and the sources of national and ethnic conflict.  We will also consider porposals for managing ethnic conflicts and their records of success (or failure).  We will study recent and current.cas2.s, such as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, ethnic relations in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Balkans, or others as current events demand.  Prospects for the futures of nationalism, ethnic conflict, and ethnic conflict management.  Simulations of decision-making groups involved in ethnic conflicts.  Kaufmann (SS)

IR 163 (ASIA 163) U.S.-China Relations (4)
Introduction and analysis of the historical context and key aspects of contemporary US-China relations: Cold War US containment, rapprochement and diplomatic normalization; American arms sale and the Taiwan controversy; conflict and cooperation in the Korean Peninsula; economic interdependence and frictions; human rights and security relations; Asian regional disputes. This is an advanced course on US-China relations. Students may not receive credit for both IR/ASIA 063 and IR/ASIA 163. Prerequisites: IR 010 or IR 061 (SS)

 
IR 164 (ASIA 164) Japan in a Changing World (4)

This course explores Japanese foreign policy through its historical and international context; domestic determinants; foreign and security policymaking process; policy to major regional players; foreign economic policy; current grand strategic debates. Prerequisites: IR 010 or IR 061 (SS)

The course is an exploration of the most important issues and debates about the politics of the post-Soviet space. They include the collapse of communism, the collapse of the USSR, the problems of economic and political transition, the conflicts of the post-Soviet space, the problem of selective integration of post-Communist states into the Western integration, and many others.  Grigoryan. (SS)
 
Survey of major international and domestic crises facing Central and South America. Examines factors affecting Latin American system of states such as international debt, involvement of foreign powers, and social and political instabilities. Barkey. (SS)
 
IR 210 Foreign Policy (4)
This course explores the major international and domestic determinants of foreign policy, as well as contemporary problems associated with the conduct of foreign policy in the 21st century. Principal topics include the influence of the international system, geography, leadership, regime-type, transnationalism, and non-governmental organizations on foreign policy. The course draws upon the experiences of a variety of Western democratic states. Prerequisites: IR 010
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IR 220 Globalization and World Politics (4) 
An exploration of the economic, political, cultural, and military manifestations of globalization and the effects on the internal order of states and the relations among them. Prerequisites: IR 010 and ECO 001  (SS)
 
IR 222. Political Economy of North-South Relations (4)
Political economy of relations between developed and less developed countries. Issues arising from trade, investment, and foreign aid. Consequences of North-South transactions. Controversies over system structure and reform proposals for international institutions (e.g. World Bank, IMF, WTO). Prerequisite: IR 125 or permission of instructor.  Staff. (SS)
 
Principles governing the interaction between the economic and political components of international phenomena. Political aspects of trade, investment, and global economic order. Political underpinnings of international economic relations. Domestic and international political consequences of economic policy and international economic relations. Prerequisites: IR 10 and Eco 001.  Duvanova. (SS)

IR 226 Political Economy of Corruption II (4)
This course examines causes and consequences of various forms of corruption from the political-economic perspective; helps students better understand various sources, types, patterns, and consequences of corruption; considers corruption that exists in both the public and private sectors; evaluates how corruption affects economic growth and resource allocation; and assesses global and national strategies to reduce corruption. Students may not receive credit for both IR 026 and IR 226. Prerequisites: ECO 001  (SS)

IR 229 Issues in International Political Economy 1-4 Credits
Selected issues in international political economy, with theme to change each semester. Offered on an occasional basis only. Course may be repeated.(SS)
 
Overview of the dynamics of strategic interaction between great powers, including the causes of conflict, origins of alliances, logic of coercion, sources of order, and definition of national interests. Focus on the interwar period (multipolarity), the Cold War (bipolarity), and the post-Cold War period (unipolarity). Prerequisite: IR 10. Narizny. (SS)
 
Explanations of international wars, civil wars, genocides, and terrorism.  Arms races, escalation, and conflict resolution. The nuclear revolution and ballistic missile defense.  Tools of national grand strategy, including alliances, deterrence, coercion, and institutions and norms.  Current issues and near future prospects. .cas2. studies.  Kaufmann. (SS)
 
What causes war? What do we need to know to prevent war if possible, and prepare for it when necessary? The mission of this course is to use historical and contemporary cases to formulate and test theories on causes of war, as well as to make policy prescriptions. He.
 
IR 237 National Security: The Military Instrument of Foreign Policy (4) 
This course will begin by exploring the theory, logic and history of US strategy, the elements of ground forces, air power, naval power and nuclear power, and the economics of military strategy. The second half of the course will examine contemporary problems and debates over US security policy.  Prerequisites: IR 010
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IR 242 International Law 4 Credits
This course deals with the nature and sources of international law and the major theoretical and historical developments that have created the legal system of states as it now stands. Topics include: armed conflict, international trade, human rights and international environmental law. Prerequisites: IR 010 (SS)
 
Examines how cooperation is achieved and sustained in world politics. Under what circumstances does cooperation take place?  What role do formal international organizations play?  What is the relative importance of power, ideas, and economic interests?  Pursues questions theoretically and in practical terms across topical issues (e.g., humanitarian intervention, environmental protection).  Prerequisite: IR 10. Narizny (SS)
 
IR 257 Political Economy of Post-Communist Transitions and European Integration (4)
Central and Eastern Europe, which was once ruled by communist regimes supported by the Soviet Union, underwent radical political and economic transformations in the 1990s. For the first time after decades of communism, East European countries held competitive elections, introduced market principles in their economies, and joined European institutions. This course focuses on the analysis of post-communist economic transitions and the region’s economic integration with the European Union. Prerequisites: ECO 001  (SS)
 
IR 321. Economic Relations of Advanced Industrial Societies (4)
Foreign economic policies of advanced industrial nations. Bilateral and multilateral economic relations; international economic regimes and institutions; interdependence and cooperation; managing conflict. Prerequisite: IR 125 and department permission. Staff. (SS)
 
Patterns and causes of poverty in poor countries. Diagnosis of development problems and evaluation of development planning. Explanations for choices of develoopment policy, especially issues of trade, foreign aid, and foreign direct investment.   Written and oral presentation of individual country research. Prerequisite:  IR 10 and IR 125 and department permission.  Staff.  (SS)
 
Political foundation and consequences of economic development and growth. Global inequality in the rates and levels of economic development. Analysis of the differences between the development strategies adopted in different parts of the world. Explanations for patterns of success and failure.  Origins of underdevelopment; the politics of failed development strategies; the challenge of the increasingly competitive world economy and relations with the U.S. and other developed nations. Consent of department required.  Prerequisites:  IR 10 and IR 125. Duvanova. (SS)
 

Is mass murder modern or ancient? Is such violence committed by states or societies? Why do some conflicts degenerate to mass murder and some do not? Are democracies immune to committing this kind of violence? These are just some of the questions that inform the critical examination of the literature on mass murder, which is the principal aim of this course. The prominent cases of mass murder in the 20th century form its main empirical content. Consent of department required. Prerequisite is IR 010.  Grigoryan. (SS)

 
IR 332 Theories of Peace (4) 
The most important focus of the discipline of international relations has been to understand the causes of war and the paths to peace. This course will explore some of the leading contemporary theories of peace and cooperation. It will conclude with a discussion of the prospects for war and peace in the emerging international system. Department permission required. Prerequisites: IR 010 (SS)
 
Will the 21st century be more or less peaceful than the "terrible 20th?" This course examines theories of war and international insecurity; nationalism; ethnic conflict; terrorism; the nuclear revolution; the special situation of the American superpower in the early 21st century. We also explore tools of war prevention and resolution, including deterrence and alliances; international institutions and norms; efforts against proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and humanitarian intervention and peacekeeping; and American policy choices between unilateral and multilateral approaches. Prerequisites: IR 10 and department permission.  Kaufmann. (SS)
 
Strong states frequently intervene in the affairs of weaker societies.  Since 1945, the most frequent intervener has been the United States.  International norms cut both ways -- sovereignty opposes intervention while an emerging "responsibility to protect" sometimes favors it.  This course explores why and by what means states and international organizations intervene and what factors influence the success of interventions.  We focus mainly on two types -- counterinsurgency and humanitarian intervention -- that have been and are likely to remain the most common.  Prerequisites: IR 10 and department permission.  Kaufmann (SS)
 
IR 337. Conflict and Cooperation (4)
The course is designed as an advanced undergraduate seminar to students, who are interested in getting deeper familiarity with the rational choice literature on conflict and cooperation. Its primary focus is on socially suboptimal outcomes in situations that can be modeled as a prisoners’ dilemma, collective action problems, bargaining failures due to incomplete information and commitment problems, etc. The applied material deals with issues like crisis bargaining, alliance politics, revolutions, interventions, trade, democratic transitions, etc.  Grigoryan (SS)
 
Historical influence of oil in international politics and the role it plays today. Focus on differing views of producers, such as Middle Eastern and Latin American states, and consuming nations, largely the economically developed Western states. Prerequisites:  IR 10 and department permission.  Barkey. (SS)
 
Interdisciplinary analysis of international and transnational influences on regime transitions. Addresses the role of war, trade, colonial legacies, waves of democratization, socialization, demonstration effects, and international law; the policies of the United States, EU, OAS, UN, World Bank, and NGOs; and the efficacy of different instruments of democracy promotion. Prerequisites: IR 10 and department permission.  Narizny. (SS)
 
IR 346. Contemporary Ethical Dilemmas in World Politics (4)
This course is designed to explore, challenge, and re-conceptualize the boundaries of moral community and ethical responsibility through such current dilemmas in world politics as famine, terrorism, torture, genocide, weapons of mass destruction, organized crime and more.  Prerequisites: IR 10 and department permission. Staff. (SS)
 
IR 347. Non-State Actors in a Globalized World (4)
Role of non-state political groups (e.g. international advocacy organizations, multinational corporations, news media, terrorists, etc.) in world affairs. Thematic focus on globalization, the relationship between non-state and state actors, and the implications of non-state actors for the future of world order. Themes explored through past and current events (e.g., the WTO demonstrations, 9-11, the CNN effect, AIDs, anti-sweatshop campaigns).  Prerequisites:  IR 10 and department permission.  Staff. (SS)
 
Research oriented seminar focusing on the sources of Chinese foreign policy preferences and goals, foreign policy decision making process; international implications of the rise of China, and the pressing regional and global issues that China is facing now and in the future. Consent of department required. Prerequisites: IR 10 or IR 61.  He.  (SS)
 
IR 367. International Relations of Russia and Other Post-Soviet States (4)
Analysis of foreign relations of Russia and the other fourteen states that emerged after the collapse of the USSR.  Consent of department required. Prerequisites: IR 010 or IR 169.  Grigoryan. (SS)
 
IR 388. Honors Thesis in International Relations (4)
International relations majors with senior standing may undertake an intensive, two-semester project under the direct guidance of a faculty member in the student's special area of interest. Students who successfully complete the thesis and whose GPA in the major at the time of graduation is 3.5 or higher receive Departmental Honors. Departmental permission required. May be repeated for credit. Staff. (SS)  More information on honors theses.
 
IR 389 (MLL 389) IR/MLL Capstone Project (4) 
A research project on international politics that will include original research in at least one foreign language under the joint supervision of an adviser in IR and one in the relevant language in MLL. Consent of department required. (SS)
 
IR 390. Readings in International Relations (1-4)
Directed course of readings intended for students with special competence or interest in fields of international relations not fully covered by regular course offerings. May be repeated for credit. Department permission required. Staff. (SS)
 
Internship in public or private agency. May be repeated for credit. Departmental permission required. Staff. (SS)
 
IR 392. Independent Study (1-4)
This course enables students to work with faculty on individual projects and material not covered by the current course offerings. Department permission required.  Staff. (SS)
 
IR 393. Seminar in International Relations (3-4)
Advanced seminar focusing on discussion and research on specialized subjects in international relations. Variable subject matter. Offered by faculty on rotating basis. May be repeated for credit. Senior standing and department permission required. Staff. (SS)
 
IR 394. Special Topics in International Relations (1-4)
Intensive, research-oriented study for students with a special competence or interest in fields of international relations not fully covered by regular course offerings. May be repeated for credit. Department permission required. Staff. (SS)
 
IR 493 IR Graduate Seminar (3)
Graduate level research seminar.
Course may be repeated.