Political Science 12: Introduction to International Relations - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


PPT – Political Science 12: Introduction to International Relations PowerPoint presentation | free to view - id: 298128-ZDllN


The Adobe Flash plugin is needed to view this content

Get the plugin now

View by Category
About This Presentation

Political Science 12: Introduction to International Relations


Focus on well known 'puzzles' of international politics: Tools will enable you to explain ... At least one reading per week will come from the course reader. ... – PowerPoint PPT presentation

Number of Views:2974
Avg rating:3.0/5.0
Slides: 18
Provided by: david45


Write a Comment
User Comments (0)
Transcript and Presenter's Notes

Title: Political Science 12: Introduction to International Relations

Political Science 12 Introduction
toInternational Relations
  • Samuel S. Seljan
  • Spring 2009

Conflict and Cooperation
  • Why is conflict such an enduring feature of
    international politics?
  • Why do some regions, nonetheless, enjoy lasting
    peace and prosperity?

Puzzles and Solutions
  • Puzzle If cooperation is good, why cant
    countries cooperate all the time? If conflict is
    bad, why do countries fall into cycles of
    terrible violence?
  • The answers to these questions have played a
    major role in foreign policy solutions.
  • Many solutions have failed (WWI).
  • Better answers will produce better solutions.

Objectives of Course
  • Provide tools to analyze international politics.
  • Three Is
  • Interests
  • Interactions
  • Institutions
  • Focus on well known puzzles of international
    politics Tools will enable you to explain
    puzzles you will encounter in the future.

Objectives of Course
  • Become familiar with how these questions have
    been answered by political scientists and how
    those answers have influenced policy.
  • Teach you how to evaluate their answers, as well
    as your own
  • Are theories logically consistent?
  • What type of evidence is persuasive?

  • Case Studies of War and Peace (2 weeks)
  • Theories of War and Peace (4 weeks)
  • Domestic Politics
  • (Midterm week 5)
  • International Institutions
  • Terrorism
  • Globalization (4 weeks)
  • Trade
  • Foreign Investment
  • Environment

Course Homepage
  • http//dss.ucsd.edu/sseljan/ps12.html
  • Or, Google Samuel Seljan PS 12
  • On the course homepage
  • Full syllabus with reading list.
  • Information about section.
  • Study hints.
  • More to come!

World Politics Interests, Interactions, and
  • New text (June 2009).
  • Go to web address
  • Click on "Register here",
  • Enter the registration code PHDL-FXXL.
  • Register username.
  • Free!

Course Reader
  • At least one reading per week will come from the
    course reader. Available at Soft Reserves.
  • Some articles are available through the Library's
    eReserves (one of the two this week).
  • The readings expect a sophisticated audience.
  • Cannot be read like an encyclopedia, each reading
    is trying to sell an answer or solution.

Doing course readings
  • Identify the authors central claimthe thesis.
  • Note how the author develops an argument for the
    thesis with logic or reasoning.
  • Identify the authors intellectual assumptions
    how do they simplify reality? What motivates
  • Note how the author supports this argument with
    evidence. Dont memorize all the factsrather
    understand how they use evidence to support a

Student Assessment
  • How your grade will be determined
  • Midterm Exam 35
  • Final Exam and Paper 45
  • Section 20
  • The midterm and final exam will be a mix of short
  • answer and essay questions.
  • Final Paper will be a 5 page take home essay.

  • TAs
  • Molly Bauer
  • A02, W 10-1050 A05, W 12-1250
  • Brad LeVeck (A08 and A10)
  • A01 F 9-950, A04 F 11-1150
  • Ben Tang (A05 and A09)
  • A06 Th 4-450, A08 W 2-250

Europe on the Eve of World War I
  • A Century of Peace Pax Britannica
  • Unparalleled levels of prosperity and economic
  • War was becoming obsolete Europeans were too
    Civilized For War.

Great Power War in the International System
Source Levy and Thompson, forthcoming
Why did the major powers of Europe slide into the
First World War?
  • Assassination of Franz Ferdinand.
  • Austrian Response
  • Gets Blank Check
  • Issues Ultimatum
  • Serbian Response
  • Accepted 9 of 10 demands.
  • July 28, 1914 , Austrians bomb Belgrade

Origins of World War I
  • The Russian Response
  • July 28, 1914 Tsar Nicholas II orders full a
    mobilization of Russian Army.
  • The German Response
  • August 1. Germany Mobilizes and Declares War.
  • The Western Response
  • August 1. French declares war on Germany.
  • August 5, British declares war on Germany.

First Puzzle
  • What many thought would be a short glorious year
    lasted 4 years.
  • 16 million Battle Deaths.
  • Destroyed European optimism and empires.
  • Nothing gained.
  • Why World War I? Why did it happen?
About PowerShow.com