This course is a graduate field seminar in International Politics. We will survey and assess foundational theoretical perspectives, issues, and research programs in IR, placing each in historical perspective. What kinds of questions does modern IR theory ask (and not ask) and about what kinds of problems? What methods are used to seek answers? What is the value of the answers? Who uses them and for what? Where is this field headed and where do we think it should be headed? Through intensive reading and discussion as well as some small writing assignments, we will build a foundation for more advanced courses in International Relations as well as research agendas that can elaborate, refine, and extend contemporary debates in academic IR.
Please note that this description is from Spring 2014.