Fall 2023 - POL 432 D100
Great Power Politics (4)
Class Number: 3977
Delivery Method: In Person
Course Times + Location:
Sep 6 – Oct 6, 2023: Tue, 2:30–5:20 p.m.
Oct 11 – Dec 5, 2023: Tue, 2:30–5:20 p.m.
1 778 782-3086
Prerequisites:POL 141 and eight upper division units in political science or permission of the department.
How do great powers form alliances and balance of power? Under what conditions do they engage in war? How does geography shape their strategy? How do they manipulate economic relations for political aims? This course addresses these questions utilizing key international relations theories and various analytical methods.
How do great powers form alliances and balance of power? Under what conditions do they engage in war? How does geography shape their strategy? How do they manipulate economic relations for political aims? This course addresses these and other big questions utilizing key international relations theories and various analytical methods. It also attempts to apply theory-informed insights to ongoing strategic affairs.
More specifically, we will first read Mearsheimer’s book. We will then study the recently published strategic documents of key Western countries on the Indo-Pacific region.
3 hours per week. Tuesday, 2:30pm-5:20pm
- Participation (including discussion and presentation) 30%
- Short weekly assignments 10%
- Book report 25%
- Research paper on a Western country’s Indo-Pacific strategy 35%
John J. Mearsheimer, The Tragedy of Great Power Politics. Updated ed. (New York: W. W. Norton, 2014) [paperback and electronic]. ISBN978-0393349276. Earlier edition acceptable.
Other reading materials will be accessible via Canvas.
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