Last Chance Essay Topics


You may pick one of theses topics, or you may craft a topic of your own.* The essay is due by 6 pm on Tuesday, 1 May, either by email or by paper at my mailbox.

  1. How does Deudney's interpretation of Liberal or Marxist classical scholars (esp. Kant, Smith, Marx) that Doyle examined differ from Doyle's interpretation?
  2. Does Duedney achieve a successful synthesis of material and ideational factors with his "republican security theory" or do Neo-Realism, Liberalism, or Constructivism provided a better set of alternatives to the problems of intense violence interdependence under anarchy.



The essay should be 1400-1600 words in length. Essays must be typed or machine-printed and stapled (no paper clips or folders). Do not use colored paper. Keep a copy of your submitted essay. Use fonts no smaller than 12 points. Use a serifed font, like Times New Roman and not sans serif fonts, like Verdana. (While sans serif fonts, like this one, are easier to read on monitors, they are harder to read, for me at least, on printed paper.) Have a separate title page with 1) your name and 2) your student ID number printed on it. Do not put your name or ID number on the pages of text (I grade “blind”).

Text should either be double-spaced and have 1-inch margins or be single-spaced but with a 2-inch left-hand margin and 1-inch right-hand margin. Number the pages of text. Put the number of the topic you are answering or the first phrase of the topic at the top of the first page of the essay text so that I know what topic you are answering. If you are writing on your own topic, then print “My Topic” at the top.

* If you choose your own topic, you should be trying to craft a clear argument about the differences or similarities among the theories or how theories explain or fail to explain key features of international politics.