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POLI 7865 Realism in International Politics (Spring: 3 )

Course Description

The aim of this course is to introduce students to the body of international relations theory known as realism. There are many differences among realists about how international politics works. The course will focus on those differences, as well as the similarities among realist thinkers. Some of the key questions that inform the readings and lectures include: 1) what is power? 2) why do states pursue power? 3) how much power do states want? 4) what causes war? 5) what strategies do states pursue to gain power 6) what can realism tells about contemporary international politics?

Instructor(s): Robert Ross

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 24-Jun-17