INTL 3200

INTL 3200 Introduction to International Relations
Jeffrey Berejikian
Office: 307 Candler Hall
Phone: 542-1849

Objectives: This class is intended to lay the analytic foundation for a study of international politics. The course is anchored to questions like: Why war? What are the goals of states? When is international cooperation possible? What is the role of international political economy? Together we will explore proposed answers to these questions (and many others). With a critical eye, we will compare and contrast competing explanations.

Requirements: There will be three unannounced in-class quizzes. Each will be worth 10 points. The unannounced quizzes may be given in either the lecture or discussion sections. The midterm is worth 70 points. The final exam will be worth 120 points. You will be responsible for all of the lecture material, as well as the reading material covered after the midterm exam. Students will have two hours to complete the final. Bring bluebooks.

There will be no make-up exams without medical documentation explaining the absence.

You will have two hours to complete the final exam for this course. All make-up exams and quizzes will be administered during the third hour allocated for the final exam.
Cheating or plagiarism constitute grounds for course failure. Students failing the class at the time they request a withdrawal will receive a WF.

A 100-93
A-  92-90
B+ 89-87
B 86- 83
B- 82-80
C+ 79-77
C 76-73
C- 72-70
D 69-60
F 59 and below

Readings: There are two texts for this class. The first is International Relations by Goldstein (10th). While a standard introductory text in most respects, it is unique in that the focus is upon the relationship between a state’s strategic environment and its ability to pursue foreign policy objectives. It thus serves as a good complement to material presented in class. The second text is International Relations by Viotti and Kauppi (5th edition.). This is a text combined with “selected readings” at the end of each chapter. It emphasizes the current theoretical debates in international relations from competing perspectives.

The purpose in assigning both texts is NOT to have you memorize the positions taken by the authors. Instead, you will be asked to critically assess the logical grounding of the authors’ comments against the ideas and arguments presented in class.
Both texts are available at the bookstore for your purchase.

Below outlines a timetable for the completion of the assigned readings. These are intended as groundwork for the material presented in class. The lectures will introduce new material, but the order of topics will generally coincide with the readings. Also, the reading burden for this course is not heavy. I intend this deliberately. There are no excuses for not completing the readings in a timely fashion.    That is my ‘carrot’, the incentive for you to stay current with the readings. The ‘stick’ rests both in the fact that a careful and considered completion of the assigned readings is essential for success in this course, and that the examinations are structured to ensure this.


Week 1: Jan 8 Introduction

Week 2: Jan 15 Theorizing about International Politics
G. Ch.1
V&K. Ch.1 (including the selected readings for that chapter)

Week 3: Jan 22 Important Actors
G. Ch.7

Week 4:  Jan 29 Anarchy & States Goals
V&K Ch.2 and from selected readings
Thucydides, Machiavelli, Thomas Hobbes, Rousseau

Week 5: Feb 5 State Goals & Power
G. Ch.2 & 6
V&K Ch. 2 selected readings
Joseph Nye, Kenneth Waltz

Week 6: Feb 12 Power (continued)
G. Ch.3
V&K. Ch.3

Week 7: Feb 19 Decision Making
G. Ch.4

Week 8: Feb 26 Strategic Games
Midterm Exam!
No readings for this day

Week 9: Mar 5  Cooperation/Integration
G. Ch.10

Mar 12 Spring Break

Week 10 : Mar 19 Domestic Influences
V&K Ch.4 (including the selected readings for that chapter)

Week 11: Mar 26 War
G. Ch.5

Week 12 : Apr 2 (continued)
V&K Ch.9 pp.391-412

Week 13 : Apr 9 Trade
G. Ch.8

Week 14: Apr 16 Trade
(continued) G. Ch.9

Week 15: Apr 23 Nuclear Deterrence and Proliferation/Environment/Development
A.    Ch.11, 13

Final Exam Tuesday May 7, 12:00pm-2:00pm
Makeups 2:00pm-3:00pm