Aug 31: The Research Process / Sociology of the Discipline

Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, “The Benefits of a Social-Scientific Approach to Studying
International Affairs,” in Ngaire Woods (ed.) Explaining International Relations Since 1945.

Miles Kahler, “Inventing International Relations: International Relations Theory after 1945,” in Michael Doyle and G. John Ikenberry (eds.) New Thinking in International Relations Theory.

Kenneth Waltz, "Theory of International Politics" (in Robert O. Keohane, Neorealism and
Its Critics, pp. 27—69).

Richard Jordan et al., “One Discipline or Many? TRIP Survey of International Relations Faculty in Ten Countries.” College of William and Mary. February 2009.

Sept 7: Conducting Social Scientific Research—Different Approaches

Gary King, Robert O. Keohane, and Sidney Verba, "Designing Social Inquiry" (Princeton:
Princeton University Press, 1994). ALL

Andrew Bennett and Alexander George, “Case Studies and Process Tracing in History
and Political Science: Similar Strokes for Different Foci,” in Colin Elman and Miriam

Fendius Elman (eds.) Bridges and Boundaries: Historians, Political Scientists, and the
Study of International Relations (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2001), pp. 137—166. (TAKEN OUT)

Marc Trachtenberg, The Craft of International History (Princeton: Princeton University
Press, 2006), pp. 1-78, 140-255. (TAKEN OUT)

Sept. 14: Research Design

Discussant: All students will be responsible to discuss one chapter of the book

Barbara Geddes, "Paradigms and Sand Castles" (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2003). ALL

Schools of Thought in International Relations

Sept 21: Realism

Discussant 1:
Hans Morgenthau, "Politics Among Nations" 7th ed. (New York: McGraw-Hill, 2005).
(read sections available on Blackboard)

Kenneth Waltz, "Theory of International Politics"(New York: Columbia University Press, 1979) (We’re using chapters published in Robert O. Keohane, ed. Neorealism and Its Critics. New York: Columbia University Press, 19XX).

John J. Mearsheimer, "The Tragedy of Great Power Politics" (New York: W.W. Norton,
2001), chs. 1-2

A.F.K. Organski and Jacek Kugler, "The War Ledger" (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1980), ch. 1 (“The Power Transition”)