SemesterSpring Semester, 2021
DepartmentJunior Class of Department of Diplomacy Senior Class of Department of Diplomacy
Course NameContending Theories of International Politics
InstructorLEE MING
Course TypeElective
Course Objective
Course Description
Course Schedule

Week 1: Introduction

Week 2-4: Approach--

              "International Relations: One World, Many Theories"

Week 5-6:  Approach--

              "International Relations: One World, Rival Theories"

Week 7: Approach--

              "Interpreting World Politics through the Lens of Theory"

Week 8: Introducing the Field

               "Main Perspectives; Their Evolution and Relavance Today," pp. 1-10.

               Samuel P. Huntington, "The Clash of Civilizations?." pp. 12-25.

Week 9: Introducing the Field

              Stepen D. Krasner, "The Sovereign State is Just About Dead," pp. 26-32.

              Joseph S. Nye, "The Future of American Power," pp. 32-35.

Week 10: Historical Context I: Realism and Sovereign States

              Hans J. Morgenthau, "Politics Among Nations: The Struggle for Power and Peace," pp. 38-42.

              John J. Mearsheimer, "China's Unpeaceful Rise," pp. 44-47.

Week 11: Liberalism and International Organizations

             Immanuel Kant, "Perpetual Peace: A Philosophical Sketch," pp. 49-52.

             Norman Angell, "The Great Illusion," pp. 52-53.

Week 12: War, Security, and Terrorism

             "International Security, International Law, and International Political Economy," pp. 79-91.

             William S. Lind, and others, "Changing Face of War: Into the Fourth Generation," pp. 95-100.

             Michel Wieviorka, "From Classical Terrorism to 'Global' Terrorism," pp. 100-104.

Week 13  Law and International Community

              Stephen C. Neff, "A Short History of International Law," pp. 109-117.

              Jean D'Aspremon, "The International Court of Justice and the Irony of System-Design," pp. 126-130.

Week 14: From the North-South Divide to Globalization

               Robert O. Keohane, "The Old IPE and the New," pp. 132-135.

               John Maynard Keynes, "The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money," pp. 135-140.

Week 15: Twenty-First-Century Challanges

                Joana Castro Pereira, "Environmental Issues and International Relations, A New Global (Dis)Order," pp. 167-173.

                Joshua Goldstein, "Climate Change as a Global Security Issue," pp. 173-177.

Week 16:  Human Rights in the World

                Amrita Ahuja and others, "When Should Governments Subsidize Health?" pp. 179-184.

                Immanuel Wallerstein, "Passions about Migrants," pp. 187-188.              

Week 17: Hearts and Minds--Culture and Nationalism

               Philip Alston, "The Populist Challenge to Human Rights," pp. 190-198.

               Holger Molder, "The Culture of Fear in International Politics," pp. 199-204.

               Jerry Z. Muller, "Us and Them: The Power of Ethnic Nationalism," pp. 205-212.

Week 18: Global Forecasting

                Michael D. Ward, "Can We Predict Politics? Toward What End?" pp. 223-229.

                G. John Ikenberry, "The Illusion of Geopolitics: The Enduring Power of the Liberal Order," 231-236.  

                Jack A. Goldstone, "The New Population Bomb: The Four Megatrends That Will Change the World," pp. 237-241.

Teaching Methods
Teaching Assistant

To be arranged.


In addition to the class attendance, there are discussions in the class.  Students are demanded to present readings in turn and lead discussions in the class.  

Attendance: 20%

Presentations and Discussion: 40%

Open-book mid-term exam: 40%

Textbook & Reference

Textbook & References

Shiraev, Eric B. & Vladislav M. Zubok.  Current Debates in International Relations. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2nd edition,  2020.  

And extra readings.

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