Fall 2020 - POL 841 G100

International Relations (5)

Class Number: 7211

Delivery Method: Remote


  • Course Times + Location:

    We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM




The objective of this course is to survey major (if not all) theoretical approaches to the contemporary study of international relations.

This year, the course will be offered synchronously, via Zoom by two instructors: Dr. Kawasaki in the first seven sessions, and Dr. Cornut in the following five sessions starting October 28.  The Kawasaki portion will be combined with POL 449, an undergraduate seminar on the same topic.


Course Organization:

There will be a three-hour seminar once a week via Zoom.


  • Participation & weekly assignment (Kawasaki) 23%
  • Take-home exam (Kawasaki) 35%
  • Weekly quizzes on readings (5*2%, Cornut) 10%
  • Two 6-page papers to be submitted on Turnitin.com (2*16%, Cornut) 32%



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

Graduate Studies Notes:

Important dates and deadlines for graduate students are found here: http://www.sfu.ca/dean-gradstudies/current/important_dates/guidelines.html. The deadline to drop a course with a 100% refund is the end of week 2. The deadline to drop with no notation on your transcript is the end of week 3.

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).