Syllabus for Political Science 504
Proseminar in International Politics
Christopher L. Ball, Lecturer
Dept. of Political Science
Office Hours: Tu. & by appt.
517 Ross Hall
All students must do the assigned reading. I reserve the right to distribute unannounced in-class quizzes on the assigned readings for the week. In addition to course readings, students should follow current events. The New York Times, The Washington Post or National Public Radio (NPR) news broadcasts (on WOI 640 AM and KTPR 91.1 FM) are excellent daily news sources. I will also post items on the course website.
The main course website is at this URL: <http://www.public.iastate.edu/~pol_s.504>. I will post slides displayed in class, relevant links, and information about the course. There is a WebCT site as well. This will be used to post assigned articles, coordinate class presentations and post grades.
Class Participation: All students should be prepared to participate in seminar discussions. Each week, each students should have two questions on a reading to present to the class for discussion. These questions should be emailed to me by on Tuesday before class.
Each student has a D as his or her default grade. If students participate well, their grades will be increased. Students who fail to participate or who do so poorly will get a D. Participation is worth 25% of the course grade.
Essays: There are two options. You must pick one by 16 Jan.
Option 1: Students will write six essays every other week, beginning 23 Jan. for one set of students and 30 Jan. for another set. Each essay should be 1400-1600 words (roughly 5 pages). Students may select their own topics or based them on ones that I suggest. The first essay counts for 5% of the course grade, the second for 10%, and the subsequent four essays count for 15% each.
Option II: Students will write three essays during the term at a schedule that I set and a more comprehensive research paper due during finals. Each term essay will be 1100-1300 words (roughly 4 pages). The first essay will count for 5% of the course grade, the subsequent two for 10% each. The research paper will be 6,000-7,000 words long (20-25 pages), and will count for 50% of the grade.
A computer mishap will not excuse a late paper. You should make frequent and multiple back-ups of your work (to at least 2 separate floppy disks or other removable media), so that you never lose more than one hour’s worth of work. If you own your own computer, be sure you familiarize yourself with the ISU’s computer labs in case your system breaks down.
Your final grade will be calculated as follows:
· Participation: 25%
· Essays: 75%
Each component will be assigned a letter grade, converted to a grade point, and multiplied by its percentage weighting. I do not accept make-up assignments, re-writing of papers, or extra-credit work.
exams is failure for the course.
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There are seven books available for purchase at the
University Bookstore and on reserve at Parks Library. Other articles will be
posted to the WebCT page..
Barry. From International to World Society?:
Daniel. Bounding Power: Republican Security Theory from
the Polis to the Global Village.
Doyle, Michael W. Ways
of War and Peace: Realism, Liberalism, and Socialism. 1st ed,
Andreas. Theories of International Regimes.
Keohane, Robert O., ed. Neorealism and Its Critics.
Stephen. Causes of War: Power and the Roots of Conflict.
Wendt, Alexander. Social Theory of International Politics.
Gabriel A. Almond; Stephen J. Genco, “Clouds, Clocks, and the Study of Politics”World Politics 29: 4. (July 1977), pp. 489-522. WebCT
Alexander L George, “Knowledge for Statecraft,” International Security 22:1 (Summer 1997), pp.44-52 WebCT
Doyle, introduction to part I and chaps. 1-3
TBA (excerpts from classical readings)
Doyle, Part II (all)
TBA (excerpts from classical readings)
Keohane, chaps. 1-5
…and its Critics…
Keohane, chaps. 6-7 & 10-11
… and its Radical Critics
Doyle, Part III (all)
Keohane, chaps. 8-9
Theories of International Regimes
Hasenclever, et al., chaps. 1-4
The Constructivist Challenge I
Wendt, chaps. 1-4
The Constructivist Challenge II
Wendt, chaps. 5-7
Hasenclever, chap. 5
Robert O. Keohane, "Ideas part-way down," Review
of International Studies 26:1 (Jan. 2000) WebCT
Robert O. Keohane, "Ideas part-way down," Review of International Studies 26:1 (Jan. 2000) WebCT
Stephen D. Kr asner, "Wars, hotel fires, and plane
crashes," ibid WebCT
asner, "Wars, hotel fires, and plane crashes," ibid
Ha yward Alker, "On learning from Wendt," ibid
yward Alker, "On learning from Wendt," ibid
Steve Smith, "Wendt's World" ibid
Steve Smith, "Wendt's World"
Society, Systems, and the “
Buzan, chaps.1-2, 4-6 & 8
Causes of Wars I
Van Evera, chaps. 1-5
Causes of Wars II
Van Evera, chaps. 6-9
Republican Security Theory