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Title: Political Science 12: Introduction to International Relations


1
Political Science 12 Introduction
toInternational Relations
  • Samuel S. Seljan
  • Spring 2009

2
Conflict and Cooperation
  • Why is conflict such an enduring feature of
    international politics?
  • Why do some regions, nonetheless, enjoy lasting
    peace and prosperity?

3
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.

4
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.

5
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?

6
Structure
  • 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

7
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!

8
World Politics Interests, Interactions, and
Institutionshttp//www.wwnorton.com/college/polis
ci/world_politics_ebook/
  • New text (June 2009).
  • Go to web address
  • Click on "Register here",
  • Enter the registration code PHDL-FXXL.
  • Register username.
  • Free!

9
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.

10
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
    behavior?
  • Note how the author supports this argument with
    evidence. Dont memorize all the factsrather
    understand how they use evidence to support a
    claim.

11
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.

12
Sections
  • 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

13
Europe on the Eve of World War I
  • A Century of Peace Pax Britannica
  • Unparalleled levels of prosperity and economic
    cooperation.
  • War was becoming obsolete Europeans were too
    Civilized For War.

14
Great Power War in the International System
(1500-2000)
Source Levy and Thompson, forthcoming
15
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

16
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.

17
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?
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