Winter Term 1995
Otto Pick
European Studies Department
Central European University

Course Objectives:

The purpose of the course is to provide any overview of both classical and modern IR theory, to give an account of the evolution of thought about International Relations, to compare the theoretical concepts currently in use and to provide the students with a conceptual framework leading to a deeper understanding of the central questions in international politics.

1. How useful is theory? Special characteristics of theory in the social sciences.

2. The realistic approach - POWER. Tangible and intangible components of power. Capability and the foreign policy process.

3. The balance of power. Power political models of IR.

4. The idealistic approach - globalism and interdependence.

5. Functionalism and neo-functionalism.

6. Regionalism.

7. The foreign policy process in practice.

Reading List:
Doherty & Pfalzgraff, Contending Theories of International Relations (should be read by the end of Week 2)
Lerch & Said, Concepts of International Politics, NB, New Edition, 1994 (should be read by the end of Week 4)

Donelan, M., Elements of International Political Theory.
Bull, H., The Anarchical Society.
Groom & Taylor: Functionalism.
Haas, E., Beyond the Nation State.
Rothgeb, J.M., Defining Power: Influence and Force in the Contemporary International System.

CRC-Curriculum Resource Center
CEU Budapest, Hungary
Modified: April, 1996


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