Politics V53.0700 International Politics
Tuesday and Thursday
Professor Shanker Satyanath
726 Broadway, Room 712
Office hours: Tuesday
The goal of this course is to introduce you to the basic analytical concepts and techniques that are essential for understanding international politics. Note that the focus of this course will neither be historical nor descriptive. Rather, the course will require you to exercise your skills in logic, and to think of imaginative ways to apply subtle techniques to real life political situations. Be prepared to solve lots of problems, which will demand a command of elementary algebra.
There will be two exams. Both will be in-class. The mid-term exam will be on March 4 at . The final exam will be on May 11 at . The midterm exam is worth 30% of the grade. The final exam is worth 40%. The remaining 30% of the course grade will be for participation in the recitation sections. In the recitations you will be called upon to perform two tasks. First, every week (with a few exceptions) you will assigned a problem set, which will be due the following week. Your TA will allocate 15% of the grade based on how regularly you attend the recitation, how promptly you submit your homework, and the comprehensiveness with which you attempt to answer the questions. Second, in the week following spring break, you will be required to submit an outline for a five page paper in which you apply one of the techniques you have studied to a problem in international politics. You will regularly consult with your TA during the rest of the semester on how to improve successive drafts of the paper. The remaining 15% of the grade will be based on the diligence of your efforts to produce an excellent paper. The paper is due in class on April 29.
Bueno de Mesquita, Bruce. 2003. Principles of
Bennett, D. Scott and Bruce Bueno de
Mesquita. 2003. Applying the Strategic Perspective.
Course Pack- Available from New University Copy and Graphics, 11 Waverly Place.
All readings are in Principles of International Politics.
Week 1a- January 20: Introductory Session.
Week 1b- January 22: Introduction: Foundations of International Politics.
Week 2- January 27 and 29: Chapter 2: Evaluating Arguments about International Politics.
Week 3- February 3 and 5: Chapter 3: Christopher Columbus and International Relations.
Week 4- February 10 and 12: Chapter 4: International Politics from a Structural Perspective + Fearon article (in course pack).
Week 5- February 17 and 19: Chapter 5: International Politics from Group and Decision Making Perspectives.
Week 6- February 24 and 26: Chapter 6: Domestic Politics and International Interactions + Maoz and Russett article (in course pack).
Week 7- March 2: Review session
*** Midterm Exam: March 4***
Week 8- March 9 and 11: Chapter 7: What is Power?
***Spring Break: March 15-19***
Week 9- March 23 and 25: Chapter 8: Limits to Power.
Week 10- March 30 & April 1: Chapter 9: Preferences in International Politics.
Week 11- April 6 and 8: Chapter 10: Perceptions in International Affairs.
Week 12- April 13 and 15: Chapter 11: Perceptions, Deterrence, and Terrorism + Achen and Snidal article (in course pack).
Week 13- April 20 and 22: Chapter 12: Domestic Institutions and National Performance.
Week 14a- April 27- Chapter 13: The International Political
Economy of Trade +
Week 14b- April 29- Review
***Final Exam: May 11***