SemesterSpring Semester, 2020
DepartmentJunior Class of Department of Diplomacy Senior Class of Department of Diplomacy
Course NameContending Theories of International Politics
InstructorLEE MING
Course TypeElective
Course Objective
Course Description
Course Schedule

Week 1: Introduction

Week 2: Approaches--

              "international Relations: One World, Many Theories"

              "History, Theory, and Common Ground"

Week 3: Approaches--

              "Melian Dialogue"

              "To Perpetual Peace: A Philosophical Sketch"

Week 4: History

              "The Fourteen Points"

              "The Sources of Soviet Conduct"

              "The Long Peace"

Week 5: Contending Perspectives

             "Realist Theory"

             "Anarchy and the Struggle for Power"

             "Liberalism and World Politics"

Week 6: Contending Perspectives

             "The Development of Underdevelopmnet"

             "Man, the State and War: Gender Perspectives on National Security"

             "Constructing Norms of Humanitarian Intervention"

Week 7: The International System

             "Does Order Exist in World Politics"

             "The Balance of Power"

             "The Rise and Future Demise of the World Capitalist System"

Week 8: The State


              "The Real New World Order"

              "Failed States in a World of Terror"

Week 9: The State

              "The Clash of Civilizations?"

              "The Clash of Ignorance"

              "The Future of Political Islam"

Week 10: The Individual 

               "International Decision Making: Leadership Matters"

               "Hypotheses on Misperception"

               "The Personal is International"

Week 11: IGOs, NGOs, and International Law

               "Why the Security Council Failed"


                "Transnational Advocacy Networks in International Politics"

Week 12: IGOs, NGOs, and International Law

                "The Pitfalls of Universal Jurisdiction"

                "The Case for Universal Jurisdiction"

                "Is American Mullateralism in Decline?"

Week 13: War and Strife

                "War as an Instrument of Policy"

                "The Diplomacy of Violence"

                "Cooperation under the Security Dilemma"

Week 14: War and Strife

               "Indian and Pakistani Nuclear Weapons: For Better or Worse?"

               "The Essential Irrelevance of Nuclear Weapons: Stability in the Postwar World"

Week 15: War and Strife

               "International Intervention"

               "The Security Dilemma and Ethnic Conflict"

               "Behind the Curve: Globalization and International Terrorism"

Week 16: International Political Economy"

               "State Power and the Structure of International Trade"

               "The Great Devide in the Global Village"

               "The Way Ahead"

Week 17:  Globalization and Globalizing Issues


               "The Backlash"

               "Universal Truths: Human Rights and Westernizing Illusion"

Week 18: Sustainability and Sum Up

               Extra articles (TBA)




Teaching Methods
Teaching Assistant



In addition to the class attendance, there are discussions in the class.  Students are demanded to present readings in turn and lead discussions in the class.  

Attendance: 20%

Presentations and Discussion: 40%

Open-book mid-term exam: 40%



Textbook & Reference

Mingst, Karen A. and Jack L. Snyder. Essential Readings in World Politics. New Yok, N.Y.: W.W. Norton & Company, second ed., 2004.

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