January 7 thLecture Notes
Course Objectives: To introduce theoretical approaches to the study of
The course is divided into three parts
1- introduction of different approaches to the explanation of foreign
2- a brief introduction to the substantive issues in international political
3-Applications of competing theories to specific cases
Course is cumulative. Final is cumulative.
Prof Email [email protected]
Office Hours: Mon&Wed 10-11 Leacock 330
Two Midterms: (25%each) Part 1+Part 2 of Course
Midterm #1- February 20
Midterm #2-March 20
Look at previous midterms.
Formal Final Exam 40%
-short essay( based on outside readings)
Why are you here?
Why we do the study of international politics.
to answer the questions:
why wars? why do states go to war?
to learn to think theoretically about international politics.
Cause and effect
Isolate the argument, make explicit theory
What do we mean by “theory”
1-Relate cause and effect, the way different perspectives look at things. if the cause is present, the effect will be pr