This seminar will examine two fundamentally different approaches to the analysis of international relations. The first of these is based largely on a study and understanding of history, philosophy and, to a lesser extent, law (or normative considerations). The second relies heavily on the behaviouralist and other methods of the social scientist. The first is commonly referred to as the ‘classical’ approach; the second is the ‘scientific’.
WEEK THREE PRESENTATION
- Outline the main features of the ‘Classical’ and ‘Scientific’ approaches to IR.
- How would a behaviouralist explain the current situation in Syria compared to a more traditional theorist?
- Can facts be separated from values in IR? Discuss with reference to behaviouralist (scientific) and traditional (classical) approaches to IR.
Baylis, Smith and Owens, The Globalization of World Politics, Chapter 7
K. Waltz, Theory of International Politics (Excerpt from Book - Chapter 8 is key)
Brown and Ainley, Understanding International Relations, Chapter 3.
Burchill et al., Theories of International Relations, Chapters 2 and 3.
Dunne et al., International Relations Theories, Chapters 4 and 6.
Jackson and Sorensen, Introduction to International Relations, Chapters 3 (p. 70-96) and Chapter 4
Suggested Movie: Wargames (1983) - A young man finds a back door into a military central computer in which reality is confused with game-playing, possibly starting World War III.
Here are some more clips to help understand some of the key concepts in this class:
This one is a little more... uh... sexist, but it dramatizes the formulation of Nash's theory.