Spring 2004
Fully Enrolled

SOCS 633
Peace versus Power: International Relations in the Modern Age


01/26/2004 - 05/08/2004
Tuesday 06:00 PM - 08:30 PM

Public Affairs Center 125

While globalization and international organizations have currently integrated the world into networks of peace, ethnic and regional wars have driven nations and groups further apart. This coexistence of conflict and cooperation marks the evolution of the international system. This course represents an attempt to understand the foundations of this coexistence through an analysis of the central concepts, theories, and empirical findings in the study of international politics. The principal actors, structures, and processes of international relations will be analyzed in a theoretical and historical context. Major topics include: nationalism and the national interest, power, diplomacy, game theory and bargaining, the causes of foreign policy, nuclear weapons and international security, underdevelopment, globalization, international organizations, international resource management, the environment, trade, and transnational actors. As case studies, we will pay special attention to the Cuban Missile Crisis, Truman's decision to drop the A-bomb, and development in West Africa.

Since this course meets over the dinner hour, we will make an effort to eat together during class. Professor Gallarotti will provide food on the first night of class, then students will divide into small groups and select one or two class meetings for which they will provide food for the group. Contributions are strictly voluntary, and people who volunteer to bring food should bring whatever amount and kind of food they feel comfortable with.

Readings include Robert Art and Robert Jervis, eds., INTERNATIONAL POLITICS (3rd edition); Bruce Russett and Harvey Starr, WORLD POLITICS (4th edition); Michael Mandelbaum, THE NUCLEAR FUTURE; and Robert Kennedy, THIRTEEN DAYS.

Students will be responsible for class participation and three papers.

A syllabus for this course is available at:
Course Syllabus

Giulio Gallarotti (B.A. Hunter College; M.I.A., Ph.D. Columbia University) is professor of Government and Tutor in the College of Social Studies at Wesleyan University. He has also been a visiting professor in the Department of Economic Theory at the University of Rome.

He is the author of The Anatomy of an International Monetary Regime: The Classical Gold Standard 1880-1914 (New York: Oxford University Press, 1995), The Power Curse: Influence and Illusion in World Politics (Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2010), and Cosmopolitan Power in International Relations: A Synthesis of Realism, Neoliberalism, and Constructivism (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010). In addition, he has published numerous articles in leading journals across five disciplines: economics, politics, law, history, and business. His biography has been published in Marquis Who's Who in America 2010-2014.


Consent of Instructor Required: No

Format: Seminar

Level: GLSP Credits: 3 Enrollment Limit: 18

Texts to purchase for this course:
Robert Art & Robert Jervis, INTERNATIONAL POLITICS (Pearson Longman) 6th edition Paperback

Robert Kennedy, THIRTEEN DAYS (W.W. Norton) Paperback

Bruce Russett, WORLD POLITICS (Wadsworth Publishing) 7th edition Paperback


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