Tsygankov - IR550 Foreign Policy Analysis

SYLLABUS FOR GUIDANCE - FOREIGN POLICY ANALYSIS IR550 (SPRING 2013)

Andrei P. Tsygankov

NOTA BENE! SYLLABUS IS FOR GUIDANCE ONLY! THE INSTRUCTOR WILL PROVIDE YOU WITH THE MOST RECENT SYLLABUS ON COURSE START DATE!

Andrei P. Tsygankov

Description:

This is a capstone course that aims to assist a student in producing a high quality paper on foreign policy or another area of international relations. You are expected to build on and bring together everything you have learned during the Program— research and presentation skills, theory, and area studies knowledge. We will compare various theoretical and methodological approaches to foreign policy developed in International Relations and explore various policy issues in the light of existing theories. We begin by surveying the current state of writing a research paper on foreign policy and differentiating between various theoretical approaches. The bulk of the course is an independent research and preparation of a large paper/presentations under supervision of instructor and teaching assistant.

Prerequisites:

Students must complete all the International Relations core courses and pass all the required tests, such as English and the library test.

Requirements:

Attendance, participation and consistent progress in research – 10 points. The biggest problem in this course is procrastination. As you all know, this class is most demanding. While in some other classes procrastination and a late jump on research may still get you a satisfactory grade, in this class it will not! In this class, (self) discipline is most of the success. I will monitor your progress and reserve the right to drop you from the class after the first month if your research progress is not sufficient. On attendance, I allow up to two unexcused absences, after which I begin to take points off (1 pnt of your final grade for each unexcused absence). Work-related absences, traffic, and computer problems do not count as a valid excuse.

3 paper-related assignments – 20 points (5, 5 and 10 points, respectively). Must be done on schedule, no special rescheduling will take place. For description please see below.

2 in-class presentations (20-25 minutes each) – 30 points (10 and 15 points, respectively). Outline must be submitted the class before the actual presentation—the presentation will not take place otherwise. Debriefing sessions will be held after each presentation. See below for additional description.

2 paper drafts (20 and 60 pages) – 45 points (20 and 25 points, respectively). Must be done on schedule, no special rescheduling will take place. See below for additional description.

Readings:

Rosell, L. and S. Spray. Research and writing in International relations. Longman, 2008. Articles on iLearn

Discussions (readings are subject to change):

Research Design:

Articles by Odell; Tsygankov (RIPE); Pouliot (ISQ); Drulak & Kratochvil

Realists & Liberals:

Brooks & Wohlforth vs English;

Filippov vs Friedman on Ru-Ge war;

Democratic peace realists vs liberals

Constructivists and FP theories:

Ringmar; Tsygankov & Tarver-Walhquist; Democratic peace Oren

Mearcheimer & Walt; FPA groupthink on Iraq

NOTA BENE! SYLLABUS IS FOR GUIDANCE ONLY! THE INSTRUCTOR WILL PROVIDE YOU WITH THE MOST RECENT SYLLABUS ON COURSE START DATE!