Fall 2020 - POL 449 D100

Selected Topics in International Relations II (4)

Advanced International Relations Theory

Class Number: 7427

Delivery Method: Remote


  • Course Times + Location:

    We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 9, 2020
    5:59 PM – 5:59 PM
    TAKE HOME-EXAM, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    Eight upper division units in Political Science or permission of the department .



Course Description:

In combination with POL 841 International Relations, this advanced seminar surveys major theories and approaches in the field of international relations in an in-depth manner.  After completing this course, successful students will have acquired the MA-level detailed knowledge about the nature and history of theoretical discussions among key scholars in North America, as well as about the tenets of each theoretical tradition.  This course is highly recommended for those who are intended to pursue graduate degrees in the field of international relations.   

Course Organization:

One 3-hour seminar, synchronously delivered via Zoom (14:30-17:20, Wednesday)

This is a combined course with POL 841.


  • Participation (presentation, weekly preparation, & discussion) 35%
  • Take-home Final Exam due on December 9 (Wed) 5:30 pm 35%
  • Research Paper 30%



Journal articles will be assigned.  They will be electronically available at the SFU library.

Department Undergraduate Notes:

The Department of Political Science strictly enforces a policy on plagiarism.

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html


Teaching at SFU in fall 2020 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).