2020 Winter Term
IRL102 Introduction to International Relations
国際関係学概論
  Language of Instruction: E
  サルトン, ヘルマン (SALTON, Herman)


CREDIT (単位): 3
Period(s)
時限数
Lec.(講義) Sem.(演習) Lab.(実験実習) Exe.(実技) Intensive(集中講義)
3         
Description(概要)
Introduction to the key issues underlying the interaction of states and transnational actors in the international system, particularly the problems of international peace and cooperation, regionalism, democratization, nationalism and cultural conflict.

国際システムにおける国家主体や脱国家主体の相互作用をめぐる基本的な課題について概説する。とりわけ、国際平和、国際協力、地域主義、民主化、ナショナリズムと文化摩擦、経済開発、環境問題などを取り上げる。


This course is intended as an introduction to International Relations (IR) theory from a student centred approach.

Unlike conventional foundation courses in International Relations, the textbook used is structured around student questions. One question was posed in this class and led to the former instructor (Professor Shani) being invited to contribute a response to the textbook. Therefore, the approach taken is interactive in which students are encouraged to ask and answer questions on selected topics.

The course will begin with an introduction to the main theories of International Relations, before introducing students to critical perspectives on IR. After a mid-term test designed to examine students' understanding of the theories covered, we will discuss a series of empirical case studies and global issues.

The goal is to integrate theory and practice, by presenting theoretical ideas and concepts in conjunction with a global range of historical and contemporary case studies.



 
Learning Goals(学習目標)
1. A basic theoretical background in the main explanatory theories of International Relations (Realism, Liberalism and Marxism).
2. An introduction to critical and constitutive theories of International Relations (Critical Theory, Poststructuralism and Postcolonialism).
3. Application of theories to empirical case studies and key global issues.



 
Contents(内容)
PART ONE: THEORIES

WK1. Overview: Course, Teacher, Students
WK2. What Are Theories and Why Do They Matter?
WK3. Explanatory Theories: Realism, Liberalism and Marxism
WK4. Constitutive Theories: Critical Theory, Post-Structuralism, Post-Colonialism
WK5. Mid-Term Test

PART TWO: ISSUES

WK6. Does the Nation-State Work?
WK7. How Can We End Poverty?
WK8. Why Do Some People Think They Know What is Good for Others?
WK9. Who Has Rights?
WK10.Can We Change The World?



 
Language of Instruction(教授言語の詳細)
Lecture: E Weekly interactive classes
Readings/Materials:Textbook and readings uploaded to Moodle; see also http://www.e-ir.info/
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Communication with the instructor: salton@icu.ac.jp

 
Grading Policy(成績評価基準)
(1) Mid-Term: 30%
(2) Final: 50%
(3) Attendance and Participation: 20%

 
Expected study hour outside class(授業時間外学習)
At least 210 minutes per week.

 
References(参考文献)
Students are expected to consult the following book:

Edkins, Jenny and Maja Zahfuss. 2019. Global Politics: A New Introduction. 3rd Edition.
https://www.routledge.com/Global-Politics-A-New-Introduction/Edkins-Zehfuss/p/book/9781138060296

In addition, students should regularly consult the following free website for short articles:
http://www.e-ir.info/


 
Notes(注意事項)
MODE OF INSTRUCTION: ONLINE (AS PER UNIVERSITY REGULATIONS)

 
Schedule(スケジュール)
*4/TU,*4/TH

 
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