Theories and Concepts in International Relations

This course provides an introduction to the major concepts and theories in the field of International Relations (IR). By the end of the course, you should be familiar with some of the major debates in the field, and be comfortable using IR concepts and theories to understand and explain events in international politics. The course is a reading-intensive seminar, and the weekly meetings will be structured around student-led presentations and discussions of the assigned readings for the week. The student presentations should provide a brief overview of the main arguments of the readings and raise questions for group discussion. All students should prepare to participate in the group discussion by preparing discussion notes, which will be turned in at the end of each session of class. There are approximately 150-200 pages of required reading per week. The required readings are all in the course reader, which is available for purchase at the Stanford Book Store. A copy of the reader is also on reserve at Green Library. Some of the assigned articles are available on-line, through electronic resources such as JSTOR.