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Spring 2022 Advanced Programs - Advanced Programs Online - International and Area Studies

[IAS 5793] Grad Studies in Intl Relations - 498

Suzette Grillot

Course Description

This course is designed to provide students in the MA program in International Relations with a foundation for success in MAIR coursework by focusing on (1) critical concepts and foundational works in international relations theory; and (2) analytical writing skills in the context of contemporary global issues.

The course covers essential theoretical building blocks in the field of international relations. There is a particular emphasis on levels of analysis and the relationship between domestic and international factors that help us explain and understand international phenomena such as treaties, international agreements, economic sanctions and war.

Course Dates

DatesFebruary 7-27, 2022
Last day to enroll or drop without penaltyJanuary 4, 2022

Site Director

This is a three-credit hour online course. Please see your local Site Director or email our online site coordinator at

Professor Contact Information

Course ProfessorSuzette R. Grillot, Ph.D.
Mailing AddressDepartment of International & Area Studies
University of Oklahoma
729 Elm Ave.
Farzaneh Hall
Norman, OK 73019
Telephone Number(405) 325-6003
Professor availabilityThe professor will be available via email to students and other methods by arrangement.

Textbook(s) and Instructional Materials

Student materials are available at the OU Bookstore Website at The website has book selling, renting, buying, returning, and order tracking capabilities. If you need help with an order, or if you have any questions contact the toll-free phone at 1-(855)-790-6637, agents are available from 9a – 5p (EST) Monday – Friday. Text prices are available online.

Additional readings are available on the OU Canvas learning management system: Access Canvas at, enter your OU NetID and password, and select course to access material. If you require assistance with Canvas, please click on the Help icon. You can search the Canvas guides, chat with Canvas support, or contact OU IT.

J. David Singer. (1960). “International Conflict: Three Levels of Analysis,” World Politics Apr., Vol 12, No. 3, pp. 453-461. Available on course Canvas page.

Walt, S.M. (1998). “International Relations: One World, Many Theories,” Foreign Policy, vol. 110, pp. 29-47, available at ories.pdf.

Buzan, B. and Little, R., (2001). “Why International Relations Has Failed as An Intellectual Project and What To Do About It,” Millennium, vol. 30, pp. 19-39, available via Canvas.

Haass, Richard. (2017). “World Order 2.0,” The Strategist Jan 2017, available at  

Haass, Richard. (2021). “Globalisation Strikes Back,” The Strategist July 2021, available at

Kastner, Jill and Wohlforth, William C. (2021). “A Measure Short of War: The Return of Great-Power Subversion,” Foreign Affairs Jul/Aug, available via the OU Library system at

Mastro, Oriana Skylar. (2021). “The Taiwan Temptation: Why Beijing Might Resort to Force,” Foreign Affairs Jul/Aug, available via the OU Library system at

Lurie, Nicole, Cramer Jakob and Hatchett Richard. (2021). “The Vaccine Revolution,” Foreign Affairs May/Jun, available via the OU Library system at

Putnam, R. (1988). “Diplomacy and Domestic Politics: The Logic of Two-Level Games,” International Organization, vol. 42, pp. 427-460, available via Canvas.

Gourevitch, P. (1978). “Second Image Reversed: The International Sources of Domestic Politics,” International Organization, vol. 32, pp. 881-912, available via Canvas.

Chung, Chien-Peng (2007). “Resolving China’s Island Disputes: A Two-Level Game Analysis,” Journal of Chinese Political Science, vol 12, no. 1, pp. 49-70. Available via Canvas. 

Man, the State, and War A Theoretical Analysis
Man, the State, and War A Theoretical Analysis
by Kenneth N. Waltz
Published by Columbia Univ Pr
ISBN: 9780231125376

OU Email

All official correspondence from instructors will be sent only to students’ address. 

Online Orientation

Course Objectives

The course also focuses on effective analytical writing in the field of international relations. Students will read compelling analytical essays addressing contemporary global issues and will discuss both the substance and the structure of the arguments. With these essays as models, students will produce their own analytical writing.

Course Outline

February 7-8: Introduction to the course

·      Defining, understanding and explaining international relations

·       Readings: Haas articles

February 9-10: Defining, understanding and explaining international relations, continued

·       Readings: Walt; Buzan and Little

·       Assignment: Submit ideas for final paper topic

February 11-12: Analytical writing in international relations

·       Readings: Kastner and Wohlforth

February 13-14: Analytical writing in international relations, continued

Readings: Mastro

Assignments: Finalize paper topic, begin outline

February 15-16: Analytical writing in international relations, continued

·       Readings: Lurie, Cramer and Hatchett

February 17-22: International structure and levels of analysis

·       Readings: Waltz; Singer

February 23-25: The intersection between domestic and international relations

·       Readings: Gourevitch; Putnam; Chung

February 26-27: Conclusion of the course

·       Assignments: Detailed paper outline

February 27: Final Exam Distributed


March 6: Final Exam Due on Canvas at midnight CST

March 20: Final Paper Due on Canvas at midnight CST 

Assignments, Grading and Due Dates

Class Participation:

Students must read the assigned material before engaging in discussion and must contribute as much as possible to the in-class discussions. Each student is likely to find considerable benefit in the exchange of ideas, doubts, and criticisms during discussions. Much of the value of a graduate class is in the sharing of the knowledge and perspective that each participant brings to the sessions.

Final Exam:

A final exam will be distributed during the final class session. The exam will cover all readings assigned for the class, as well as material discussed in class. The final exam will be due on March 6 via Canvas.

Analytical Paper:

Students will prepare an analytical paper about an international topic of their choice. The paper will model an outstanding form of analytical writing as discussed in class. It will be 5-7 pages (double-spaced) and will examine and evaluate a contemporary international issue from a particular theoretical perspective and level of analysis. The final paper will be due on March 20 via Canvas. 


This is a letter-graded course: A, B, C, D, or F. A, B, C, D, or F. The standard grade scale will apply: 90%-100% = A; 80%-89% = B; 70%-79% = C; 60%-69% = D; below 60% = F. 

Notice: Failure to meet assignment due dates could result in a grade of I (Incomplete) and may adversely impact Tuition Assistance and/or Financial Aid.

Assignment Percent of Grade
Class Participation 30%
Final Exam 30%
Analytical Paper 40%

Attendance Policy

Although physical class meetings are not part of this course, participation in all interactive, learning activities is required.

Student assignments and student/instructor communications will be conducted via Canvas, although students may contact the instructor via telephone, postal mail, email, or fax as needed

Policy on Late Assignments

Please contact the professor regarding his/her policy for late work.

Incomplete Grade Policy

A grade of “I” is not automatically assigned, but rather must be requested by the student by submitting to the instructor a “Petition for and Work to Remove an Incompleted Grade” form. An “I” can never be used in lieu of an “F” nor can an “I” be assigned because of excessive failure to participate in class activities.

Technical Support Information

If you experience technical problems, contact Information Technology by visiting their website at: or contacting them by telephone at: (405) 325-HELP (4357).


Attendance/Grade Policy

Attendance and participation in interaction, individual assignments, group exercises, simulations, role playing, etc. are valuable aspects of any course because much of the learning comes from discussions in class with other students. It is expected that you attend all classes and be on time except for excused emergencies.

Excused absences are given for professor mandated activities or legally required activities such as emergencies or military assignments. It is the policy of the University to excuse absences of students that result from religious observances and to provide without penalty for the rescheduling of examinations and additional required class work that may fall on religious holidays. Unavoidable personal emergencies, including (but not limited to) serious illness; delays in getting to class because of accidents, etc.; deaths and funerals, and hazardous road conditions will be excused.

If you are obtaining financial assistance (TA, STAP, FA, VA, Scholarship, etc.) to pay all or part of your tuition cost, you must follow your funding agency/institution’s policy regarding “I” (Incomplete) grades unless the timeline is longer than what the University policy allows then you must adhere to the University policy. Students who receive Financial Aid must resolve/complete any “I” (Incomplete) grades by the end of the term or he/she may be placed on “financial aid probation.” If the “I” grade is not resolved/completed by the end of the following term, the student’s Financial Aid may be suspended make the student ineligible for further Financial Aid.

Students are responsible for meeting the guidelines of Tuition Assistance and Veterans Assistance. See the education counselor at your local education center for a complete description of your TA or VA requirements.

OU faculty will submit grades online through ONE not later than 30 days after the course end date. Course end dates are approximately one calendar month after the final seminar date on this syllabus and are provided on the official scheduling website for reference.

Academic Integrity and Student Conduct 

Academic integrity means honesty and responsibility in scholarship. Academic assignments exist to help students learn; grades exist to show how fully this goal is attained. Therefore all work and all grades should result from the student's own understanding and effort.

Academic misconduct is any act which improperly affects the evaluation of a student’s academic performance or achievement. Misconduct occurs when the student either knows or reasonably should know that the act constitutes misconduct. Academic misconduct includes: cheating and using unauthorized materials on examinations and other assignments; improper collaboration, submitting the same assignment for different classes (self-plagiarism); fabrication, forgery, alteration of documents, lying, etc…in order to obtain an academic advantage; assisting others in academic misconduct; attempting to commit academic misconduct; destruction of property, hacking, etc…; intimidation and interference with integrity process; and plagiarism. All students should review the Student’s Guide to Academic Integrity at 

Students and faculty each have responsibility for maintaining an appropriate learning environment. All students should review policies regarding student conduct at 

Accommodation Statement

The University of Oklahoma is committed to making its activities as accessible as possible. For accommodations on the basis of disability, please contact your local OU Site Director.

Adjustment for Pregnancy/Childbirth-Related Issues

Should you need modifications or adjustments to your course requirements because of documented pregnancy-related or childbirth-related issues, please contact the professor as soon as possible to discuss. Generally, modifications will be made where medically necessary and similar in scope to accommodations based on temporary disability. Please see

Title IX Resources

For any concerns regarding gender-based discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, stalking, or intimate partner violence, the University offers a variety of resources, including advocates on-call 24/7, counseling services, mutual no-contact orders, scheduling adjustments, and disciplinary sanctions against the perpetrator. Please contact the Sexual Misconduct Office at or (405) 325-2215 (8-5), or the Sexual Assault Response Team at (405) 615 -0013 (24/7) to report an incident. To learn more about Title IX, please visit the Institutional Equity Office’s website at 

Course Policies

Extended Campus (also and formerly known as Advanced Programs) policy is to order books in paperback if available. Courses, dates, and professors are subject to change. Please check with your OU Site Director. Students should retain a copy of any assignments that are e/mailed to the professor for the course. Neither duplicating services nor office supplies are provided.

Any and all course materials, syllabus, lessons, lectures, etc. are the property of professor teaching the course and the Board of Regents of the University of Oklahoma and are protected under applicable copyright.

For more information about OU Extended Campus, visit our website at:

Statement on Respect

The classroom should provide a safe learning environment where students can express their views without fear of reprisal. That freedom of expression must be balanced by demonstrated respect for other’s viewpoints and appropriate and reasonable sensitivity, especially within the context of scholarly disagreement.  Disrespectful or uncivil dialogue (including, but not limited to, personal attacks, insults, or harassment) will not be tolerated.

Recording Devices/Phones/Computers

It is important for students to be fully present during class to fully benefit from lectures, discussions, and experiential assignments. Class sessions may not be tape-recorded. All telephones and pagers should be turned off or placed on silent mode. Computers may not be used during class. Students who require an exception to this policy should discuss exceptional circumstances with the professor.


Suzette R. Grillot, Ph.D.


·        1997   Ph.D.  Political Science, University of Georgia

Current Positions

·        Advanced Programs Professor since January 2001

Major Areas of Teaching and Research Interest

·        International Relations

·        International Security

·        International Activism

·        Foreign Policy

Representative Publications and Presentations

·        Suzette R. Grillot, “The Weapons Trade,” Contemporary Security Studies (Oxford University Press, forthcoming).

·        Zach P. Messitte and Suzette R. Grillot, eds., Understanding the Global Community (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2013).

·        Rebecca J. Cruise and Suzette R. Grillot. “Regional Security Community in the Western Balkans: A Cross-Comparative Analysis.” Journal of Regional Security. (2013).

·        Suzette R. Grillot, “Global Gun Control: Examining the Consequences of Competing International Norms,” Global Governance 17, 4 (October-December 2011).

·        Suzette R. Grillot and Rebecca J. Cruise, with Valerie J. D’Erman, Protecting our Ports: Domestic and International Politics of Containerized Freight Security (Ashgate Publishing, 2010).

·        Rebecca J. Cruise and Suzette R. Grillot, “The Development of Security Community in Croatia: Leading the Pack,” Croatian Journal of International Relations 16, 60/61 (April/December 2010).

·        Rachel Stohl and Suzette R. Grillot, The International Arms Trade (Polity Press, 2009).

·        Suzette R. Grillot, “Policing Via Principles: Reforming the Use of Force in the Western Balkans,” East European Politics and Society (May 2008).

·        Suzette R. Grillot, Craig S. Stapley, and Molly Hanna, “Assessing the Small Arms Movement: The Trials and Tribulations of a Transnational Network,” Contemporary Security Policy, (April 2006).

·        Lakshman Guruswamy and Suzette Grillot, eds., Arms Control and the Environment: Preventing the Perils of Disarmament (Transnational Press, 2001).

·        Suzette R. Grillot, “Explaining Ukrainian Denuclearization: Material Interests or Liberal Identity?” International Politics, 37, 2 (June 2000), pp. 185-212.

·        Gary K. Bertsch and Suzette R. Grillot, eds., Arms on the Market: Reducing the Risk of Proliferation in the Former Soviet Union (New York: Routledge, 1998).

Representative Honors and Awards Received

·        Outstanding Mentor Award, University of Oklahoma, 2009-2010

·        Research Grant, U.S. Department of Transportation, 2006-2010.

·        Fellowship, School of International Studies, Beijing University, Beijing China, Fall 2007.

·        Research Grant, IREX, Spring 2006.

·        Junior Faculty Research Award, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Oklahoma, Summer 2003.

·        Fulbright Fellowship to teach and conduct research in Skopje, Macedonia, Spring 2003.

·        Research Grant, United Nations Development Program – Summer 2003.

·        Research Grant, Small Arms Survey – Geneva, Spring/Summer 2003.

·        Research Grant, International Alert – United Kingdom, Winter/Spring 2003.