SemesterFall Semester, 2019
DepartmentInternational Master's Program in International Studies, First Year International Master's Program in International Studies, Second Year
Course NameInternational Relations and Political Philosophy
Course TypeElective
Course Objective
Course Description
Course Schedule

Week of September 9: No class

Week of September 16: Introduction

Week of September 23: Sun-tze and Lord Shang

The Art of War and The Book of Lord Shang

Week of September 30: Thucydides,

The Peloponnesian War (1.21-3, 2.34-46 (Funeral Oration), 2.50-54 (The Plague), 3.36-49 (The Mytilenian Debate), 5.84-116 (The Melian Dialogue).

Week of October 7: Plato

The Republic (Books II-IV), The Laws (Book 1) and

Week of October 14: Aristotle

The Politics (Books 1, 3 and

Week of October 21: Augustine and Aquinas

The City of God (Bks I, IV, VI [sections 17-24], XIX [sections 11-17]), Summa Theologica (II-II, Q 40; II-II, Q 64, articles 6-8)

Week of October 28: Machiavelli

The Prince (chapters 1-3, 5-6, 8-9, 15-19, 21, 24-26), The Discourses (I.2-14)

Week of November 4: No class, midterm assignment due

Week of November Nov. 11: Vitoria and Erasmus

De Indis De Jure Belli, Dulce Bellum Inexpertis

Week of November 18: Hugo Grotius

The Law of War and Peace,

Week of November 25: Samuel Pufendorf

On the Duties of Man and Citizen

Week of December 2: Thomas Hobbes

Leviathan (chaps 13-14, 17-18, 21)

Week of December 9: John Locke

Second Treatise (chaps. 1-3, 7-9, 16)

Week of December 16: J.J. Rousseau

Second Discourse on the Origins of Inequality, The State of War, Comments on Treatise of the Abbe St. Pierre

Week of December 23: Immanuel Kant

Perpetual Peace, Essay on Theory and Practice

Week of December 30: V.I. Lenin

Imperialism, The Highest Stage of Capitalism

Teaching Methods
Teaching Assistant

  1. A five-page paper, due the week of November 10, which outlines a question or problem arising from the ideas of a particular philosopher. Worth 25% of total grade.

  2. An eighteen-page paper, due at the end of the term, which addresses some broad question arising from the writings of one or more of the philosophers under discussion. Worth 60% of total grade.

  3. Attendance and in-class discussion. Worth 15% of total grade.


Textbook & Reference
Urls about Course

Pol Phil and IR Syllabus 2019.pdf