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World politics is full of dramatic singular events: wars, financial crises, terrorist attacks,
peace talks, revolutions, popular campaigns for human rights. International Relations
(IR) theory helps us explain and understand those events by equipping us with the
appropriate conceptual tools to use in placing these events into context. This course will
consider some of the major theoretical alternatives on offer in contemporary IR
scholarship, with an eye to clarifying their similarities and differences. Since many of
the perennial issues at stake in IR theoretical debates have their roots in classical
questions of political philosophy, the course will begin with discussion of some of those
classical authors. After this foundation has been established, we will move to a more
direct discussion of IR theoretical schools like realism, liberalism, constructivism,
feminism, and critical theory.

Theories of International Relations - Spring 2009 American University

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World politics is full of dramatic singular events: wars, financial crises, terrorist attacks,
peace talks, revolutions, popular campaigns for human rights. International Relations
(IR) theory helps us explain and understand those events by equipping us with the
appropriate conceptual tools to use in placing these events into context. This course will
consider some of the major theoretical alternatives on offer in contemporary IR
scholarship, with an eye to clarifying their similarities and differences. Since many of
the perennial issues at stake in IR theoretical debates have their roots in classical
questions of political philosophy, the course will begin with discussion of some of those
classical authors. After this foundation has been established, we will move to a more
direct discussion of IR theoretical schools like realism, liberalism, constructivism,
feminism, and critical theory.

    SIS-301 syllabus, Spring09

    SIS-301 syllabus, Spring09

    lecture 1, Thucydides

    lecture 1, Thucydides

    • 28 min
    lecture 2, Machiavelli

    lecture 2, Machiavelli

    • 28 min
    lecture 3, Hobbes

    lecture 3, Hobbes

    • 38 min
    lecture 4, Locke

    lecture 4, Locke

    • 37 min
    lecture 5, Rousseau

    lecture 5, Rousseau

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

jonahh94 ,

Brilliant

Pure gold: brilliant work and presentation absolutely essential for any IR student

Traveling Chris ,

Informative, Concise and Clear

Dr. Jackson’s podcasts walk through a few of the significant political theorists providing their personal history, the context within the field, and some of the fallout of their work. He delivers this through well thought out and well produced lectures. You can use these lectures individually, or collectively, and with or without the “assigned” readings. This is a must have for any undergraduate or graduate student studying Political Science or specifically International Relations.

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