This three-credit hour course is designed to provide students in the MA program in International Relations with a foundation for success in MAIR coursework by focusing on (i) analytical writing skills in the context of contemporary global issues; and (ii) critical concepts and foundational works in international relations theory. The course begins with a focus 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 work on their own analytical writing through practice, peer review and rewriting.
Topics that will be reviewed include core concepts of international relations theory, international institutions and NGO’s, domestic influences on international relations and conflict.
|Dates||March 21-27, 2022|
|Format||Face to Face|
|Location for on-site courses||Washington D.C.|
|Hours||Monday - Friday 6:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m|
|Saturday 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Sunday 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.|
|Last day to enroll or drop without penalty||February 20, 2022|
|Name||Ms. Frances Wolf|
|Course Professor||Rebecca J. Cruise, Ph.D.|
|Mailing Address||College of International Studies|
|729 Elm St., Farzaneh Hall, Room 118|
|Norman, OK 73019|
|Professor availability||The professor will be available via email to students before and after the class sessions. On-site office hours are half an hour before and after each class session, by appointment.|
All materials will be posted to the OU Canvas system or can easily be found online. Some of the materials that will be included are below. Relevant pieces for discussions may be added. Access Canvas at https://canvas.ou.edu, 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.
a. Huntington, Samuel. “The Clash of Civilizations,” Foreign Affairs, Summer 1993.
b. Krasner, Stephen. “Compromising Westphalia,” International Security, Vol. 20, No. 3, Winter 1995.
c. Putnam, Robert. “Diplomacy and Domestic Politics: The Logic of Two-Level Games,” International Organization, Summer 1988 Vol. 42, No. 3.
d. Barnett, Michael and Martha Finnemore. “The Politics, Power and Pathologies of International Organizations,” International Organization, Autumn 1999 Vol. 53, No 4.
e. Walt, S.M. (1998). “International Relations: One World, Many Theories,” Foreign Policy, vol. 110, pp. 29-47, available at
f. Gause, F.G. (2005). “Can Democracy Stop Terrorism,” Foreign Affairs, vol. 84, pp. 62-76.
g. Glaser, C. (2011). “Will China’s Rise Lead to War? Why Realism Does Not Mean Pessimism,” Foreign Affairs, vol. 90, pp. 80-91.
h. Waltz, Kenneth “Structural Realism after the Cold War.” International Security.
Upon completion of this course students should:
I. Reading and Writing in IR (3.21.22)
II. IR Theory and Levels of Analysis (3.22.22)
a. Read: Walt and Waltz
III. Conflict and Sovereignty (3.23.22)
a. Read: Huntington and Krasner
IV. International Orgs. And Regimes (3.24.22)
a. Read: Putnam, Barnett and Finnemore
V. Other Topics (3.25-26.22)
a. Read: Gause and Glaser
VI. Final Exam (3.27.22)
Students are expected to participate in discussions. The quality of each student’s comments and preparedness will be considered for this portion of the grade. While quality is key, it is important that you comment often as the whole goal here is to simulate a discussion.
Students will review an article from the course readings. This is intended to develop your skills in assessing academic work in an efficient and clear manner. I will be looking for the following items:
1. What is the principal thesis in each article?
2. What are the strengths of the arguments made in the article?
3. What are the weaknesses of the arguments made in the article?
4. How would you rate the value of this work?
5. Does the article leave significant unanswered questions?
For this paper you will explore a topic of international relations through a theoretical lens. Topics that could be considered are the following: Iran and Nuclear Sanctions, Women’s Rights and Education, The Situation in Yemen, The Situation in Syria and Boko Haram and Nigeria, Policy versus Theory. This list is not exhaustive but should give you an idea concerning the topics that may be included.
Papers should be double spaced, 12pt, Times New Roman with one-inch margins. The review should be 3-4 pages, whereas the second paper should be 5-7 pages, which is not that long, so consider carefully what you include.
This is a letter-graded course: A, B, C, D, or 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.
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.
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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.
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.
Rebecca J. Cruise PhD
Frequently Taught Advanced Programs Courses
· IAS 5940 AP Topics: EU, NATO and European Security
· IAS 5990 Independent Study: Various Topics
· IAS 5793 Introduction to Graduate Studies in International Relations
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