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Fall 2011 - 61155 - PA387G - The Nature of the International System

Instructor(s): Kuperman, Alan J.
Unique Number: 61155
Day & Time: M 2:00 - 5:00 pm
Room: SRH 3.316/350
Waitlist Information:For LBJ Students: UT Waitlist Information
Final Exam Information:December 7, 2011 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm SRH 3.124
Course Overview

The Nature of the International System introduces the systematic analysis of international affairs, factors that motivate foreign policies and private decisions, and instruments used in the conduct of international relations from a perspective of both theory and practice.


Section Description

The course provides a set of tools for understanding, predicting, and formulating policy on international cooperation and conflict.  It teaches how to apply leading schools of international relations theory – including Realism, Liberalism, and Constructivism – to interpret history, understand current events, and prescribe foreign policy.  Topics include alliance formation, nuclear deterrence, imperialism, international institutions, the domestic sources of foreign policy, trade, global environmentalism, international law, the integration and disintegration of states, globalization and the future of international relations.  Requirements are class participation, a one-hour mid-term, and a three-hour final exam.  All readings will be available on Blackboard.