Theories 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 build on the main arguments in the readings to raise questions for group discussion. All students should prepare notes on the readings, to enable discussion during class sessions. There are approximately 150-200 pages of required reading per week. The required readings are all available on-line through Yale Library’s subscription to electronic databases such as JSTOR.