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INTRODUCTION TO

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
Syllabus & Course Description

MUSLIM YOUTH UNIVERSITY


Islamabad
Muslim Youth University
Department of International Relations
Course Title: Introduction to International Relations Semester: Fall 2018
Instructor: Mr. Fakhar Jalil Credit Hours: 3

This course is a broad introduction to the subject of international relations (IR). It seeks to acquaint
students with major theories and concepts in preparation for advance level courses in the IR subfield
of political science. This course will equip the students with the analytical tools that are necessary to
make informed choices and opinions concerning world politics. This is also a broad survey course
covering a number of features of international politics including: the nature of international system
and states; the origins and evolution of international politics and international relations; brief
overview of theoretical approaches to the field of international relations; international political
economy: development and impacts on international politics; brief study of major wars and their
consequences; the dynamics of coercion; international institutions and the problem of cooperation;
the interaction of domestic and international politics; role of ideas and norms about sovereignty,
military intervention, and human rights; diplomacy; state failure; terrorism; nuclear weapons
proliferation; global reactions to United States’ hegemony; the rise of China; and the future of
international politics

LEARNING OBJECTIVES
Students successfully achieving the objectives of this course should be able to:

1. Discuss the history of and trends in the emergence of the international nation-state system
and modern challenges to that system.
2. Comprehend the various theories and concepts used to study International Politics, as a
distinct branch of the social sciences.
3. Respectfully discuss political topics, and engage in debate with fellow students (inside and
outside of class) in an intellectually informed manner; as a corollary to this objective it is
expected that students will leave the course able to distinguish between reasoned argument
and ad hominem invective.
4. Understand the structure and activities of the various actors influencing policy decisions on
the world stage, including the ability to elicit a more specialized knowledge about important
countries and regions of the world, current leaders and issues.
5. Write thoughtful, college-level essays, with minimal grammar, syntax, or spelling errors.
6. Develop critical thinking skills, including the ability to engage salient points on both sides of
an argument and appreciate others’ perspectives.

ASSESSMENT & EVALUATION


Final Exam 50%
Midterm Exam 30%
Quizzes/ Presentations 10%
Assignments 5%
Attendance 5%
RECOMMENDED READINGS
Goldstein, Joshua S., and Jon C. Pevehouse. 2014. International Relations. Pearson.

Introduction to international relations: theories and approaches by Robert Jackson, George


Sorenson, Oxford university press.

Baylis, John, and Steve Smith, . n.d. Globalization of World Politics: An Introduction to World Politics.
Oxford University Press.
Brown, Chris, and Kristen Ainley. 2005. Understanding International Relations. 3rd. Palgrave.

Gray, Colin S. 2007. War, Peace, and International Relations: An Introduction to Strategic History.
Routledge.

Hashmi, Sohail H., ed. 2003. Islamic Political Ethics: Civil Society, Pluralism, and Conflict. Princeton
University Press.

Hatzopoulos, Pavlos, and Fabio Petito, . 2003. Religion in International Relations: The Return from
Exile. Palgrave Macmillan.
Boldizar, Alexander, and Korhonen Outi. 1999. “Ethics, Morals and International Law.” European
Journal of International Law 10 (2): 279-311.

Ray, James Lee. 2001. “Integrating Levels of Analysis in World Politics.” Journal of Theoretical Politics
(Sage Publications) 13 (4): 355-388.

Singer, J. David. 1961. “The Level-of-Analysis Problem in International Relations.” World Politics (The
Johns Hopkins University Press) 14 (1): 77-9

Hobson, John M. 2003. The State and International Relations. Cambridge University Press.

Kegley, Charles Williams, and Shannon Lindsey Blanton. 2011. World Politics: Trends and
Transformations. Cengage Learning.

Mingst, Karen A. 2003. Essentials of International Relations. 2nd. W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.

Sutch, Peter, and Juanita Elias. 2007. International Relations: The Basics. Routledge.
LECTURE SCHEDULE
Week 1 Introduction to the study of IR
Meaning, Definition and Scope of International Relations
IR as a field of study
IR and daily life
Why study IR

Chapter: 1 Introduction to international relations: theories and approaches by Robert Jackson,


George Sorenson, Oxford university press. P: 1-29

Week 2 Nature, Evolution and Significance of International Relations’


concepts and Ideas
The Pre-Westphalian World
Emergence of Westphalian System; Nation State: Sovereignty and
Security
The Two World Wars
The Cold War
The Post-Cold war era

Chapter: 1 the evolving international system, Goldstein, Joshua S., and Jon C. Pevehouse. 2014.
International Relations. Pearson. P: 26-40

Week 3 The Three Images of IR: The System and Sub-Systems


The Notion of a System
Levels of Analysis
Introducing Theoretical Approaches: Realism, Liberalism,
Constructivism

Chapter: 9, Goldstein, Joshua S., and Jon C. Pevehouse. 2014. International Relations. Pearson. P:
223-237

Week 4 Realism
Key characteristics;
Sub-Schools of Thought in Realism
Criticism on Realism

Chapter: 2 Goldstein, Joshua S., and Jon C. Pevehouse. 2014. International Relations. Pearson.

Chapter: 3 Introduction to international relations: theories and approaches by Robert Jackson,


George Sorenson, Oxford university press.

Week 5 Power Politics


Power and International Relations;
Elements of Power;
Deterrence;
International System Anarchy
Chapter: 2 Goldstein, Joshua S., and Jon C. Pevehouse. 2014. International Relations.
Pearson.

Week 6 Foreign Policy, National Interest, and Diplomacy


Foreign Policy: Decision-making, and Sb-State Actors;
National Interest and National Security;
Diplomacy, Bargaining and Negotiation;
Nationalism, State Power, and Diplomacy

Chapter: 4 Goldstein, Joshua S., and Jon C. Pevehouse. 2014. International Relations. Pearson. P:
122-137

Week 7 International Conflict: War and Military Power


Causes of war;
Types of wars;
The use of force and international humanitarian law;
Conventional and unconventional forces;
Approaches to Manage Insecurity

Chapter: 5 Goldstein, Joshua S., and Jon C. Pevehouse. 2014. International Relations. Pearson. P:
149-181

Week 8 Liberalism
Chapter: 4 Introduction to international relations: theories and approaches by Robert Jackson,
George Sorenson, Oxford university press.p : 97-128

Week 9 Mid-Term

Week 10 International Organizations


International Organizations;
NGOs;
IGOs;

Chapter: 7 Goldstein, Joshua S., and Jon C. Pevehouse. 2014. International Relations. Pearson. P:
230-251

Week 11 International Law


Origins and Developments: A Historical Overview
Contemporary International Law
International Law and Use of Force
Sovereignty, Legitimacy, and Humanitarian Intervention

Chapter: 7 Goldstein, Joshua S., and Jon C. Pevehouse. 2014. International Relations. Pearson. P:
252-2274
Week 12 WMD Proliferation and Issues of Terrorism
WMD Proliferation and International Regimes
State and Non-State Actors and Global Terrorism

Chapter: 6 Goldstein, Joshua S., and Jon C. Pevehouse. 2014. International Relations. Pearson. P:
201-216

Week 13 Regionalism and Globalization


Globalization, Interdependence, Economic Competition
International Political Economy: International Institutions North and
South
Rise of China and decline of the United States ?
Future of international politics

Chapter: 8 Introduction to international relations: theories and approaches by Robert Jackson,


George Sorenson, Oxford university press.p : 195-221

Week 14 Global Politics: Human Rights, Environmental Protection and


Sustainability

Chapter: 8 Goldstein, Joshua S., and Jon C. Pevehouse. 2014. International Relations. Pearson. P:
382-416

Week 15 Constructivism — The Role of Ideas, Norms, and Identity

Chapter: 6 Introduction to international relations: theories and approaches by Robert Jackson,


George Sorenson, Oxford university press.p : 161-176

Week 16 Religion, Ethics, Morality and Justice in International Relations

Hashmi, Sohail H., ed. 2003. Islamic Political Ethics: Civil Society, Pluralism, and Conflict. Princeton
University Press.

Hatzopoulos, Pavlos, and Fabio Petito, . 2003. Religion in International Relations: The Return from
Exile. Palgrave Macmillan.
Boldizar, Alexander, and Korhonen Outi. 1999. “Ethics, Morals and International Law.” European
Journal of International Law 10 (2): 279-311.

Final Examination