Need to do a review of 4-6 pages of the material covered, videos, book, and assigned readings.

There will be 5 REVIEWS IN TOTAL FOR THIS CLASS, and I would like to work with you for the FIVE of them. One every week $65, in total for the 5 assignments weekly will be $325.

This class also has a FINAL EXAM, that we can discuss later ( I WILL PAY MORE THAN $100, I STILL DON’T KNOW WHAT IS IT BUT I HAVE THE MONEY FOR IT).

You will see the BOOK ATTACHED.


The video section includes comments by Steven Smith explaining the role of IR theory in general, two lectures by Richard Betts and Mearsheimer on the Realist school, and conversations with leading neorealists, Waltz and Mearsheimer, as well as a lecture on the rise of China from a neorealist perspective (Those videos in this section that are designated as “Required” must be included in the Review).

INR 4603 (ONLINE)-Theories of International Relations: Summer A, 2021 (Partial Syllabus) Prof. Mohiaddin Mesbahi Office: SIPA# 435 (305) 348-2227 Teaching Assistant: Leonid Konstantakos: ——————————————————————————————————- The course’s topics are divided into 5 Sections, and students will have writing assignments (Reviews of the Literature) on the required readings and related materials for each section. Instructions for the Reviews are provided below. Requirements and Grading Policy: The final class grade includes: FIVE Reviews of the Literature (70%) + One Exam (30%) = 100%. Reviews of the Literature: 70% (70 points in total – each Review is 14 points): A 4 page “Review-of-the-Literature” (double-spaced; one inch margins, with font 12) for each section of assigned readings/materials is mandatory. There are a total of 5 Reviews (one review for each section of the syllabus). If you need to, you may write more than 4 pages, but do not exceed 6 pages. Instructions for the Reviews: The Reviews must follow this Format/Content:

1) Content: All the readings and videos for each Section of the syllabus should be covered in the Review for that section. The degree of attention and space you devote to each reading or video in your review, however, is up to you. The point is not to write a detailed summary of the readings and videos, but to identify the key and salient points/main ideas of each author’s findings and assertions. Your grade for each review will depend on: a) the comprehensiveness of your coverage, i.e., inclusion of the assigned readings and required videos, b) meeting the minimum of required pages, and c) following the format provided here.

2) Writing format: You can, but you do not need to, write these reviews in essay format; you can also simply name the author and identify key arguments/points that you think are most important in that particular reading or video using bullet format.

3) Length: A minimum of a 4 page Review (no more than 6 pages) on the required readings/materials for each Section is mandatory. The Review must be typed double-

spaced, with one-inch margins and font 12 format. 4) Must Bold the names of authors/speakers.

5) Read the readings and write the reviews in the sequence in which they appear





on the Syllabus to maintain the flow of your engagement with each topic. 6) Avoid long quotations.

= = = = = = = = = = = = == = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = == = Required Textbook: 1-Paul R. Viotti and Mark V. Kauppi, International Relations Theory 5th Edition. (Pearson: 2012-5th Edition). (Important Note: You must only obtain the 5th Edition; other editions are not acceptable). = = = = = = = == = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = Readings and Videos for Section 1: May 10th–May 16th 1-Theory Building, Realism, and Neorealism: Leviathan and the Structured World


-Viotti & Kauppi: Preface; Ch. 1/Selected Readings (pp.1-31); and Ch.2/Selected Readings (pp:39-116)

-Readings on Canvas: Rosenau & Durfee, “The Need for Theory” E. H. Carr, “Carr”, excerpts from The Twenty Year Crisis

Morgenthau, “Morgenthau”, excerpts from Politics Among Nations Waltz, “Realist Thought and Neorealist Theory” Gilpin, “War and Change in World Politics” Jervis, “Perception and Misperception in International Politics” Mearsheimer, “Tragedy of Great Power Politics”

Walt, “IR Theory for Lovers: A Valentine’s Guide” Betts, “Realism is an Attitude, Not a Doctrine” Walt, “The Realist’s Guide to the Coronavirus Outbreak” Videos: -Steve Smith on bringing International Relations theory to life (2014)- (6 minutes) _vDyQdf&index=4 -Gerard van der Ree, “Realism”-Lecture (2014) (25 minutes) -Richard Betts, “Realism”-Lecture-(Columbia University)-March 2007 (54 minutes)- -John Mearsheimer- Lecture: “Structural Realism”- (The Open University) 2014-(10 minutes) -Conversation with Kenneth Waltz (2008) -John Mearsheimer: “An Offensive Realist’s View of China and Crimean Crisis”-2014 (Watch from minute 11 to minute 50) -Randall Schweller: Theory in Action: Realism -2011 (4 minutes)





Notes on Readings for Review #1: This section addresses issues related to three broad themes: a) the requirements of IR theory building, b) classical realism, its philosophical underpinnings such as the ideas of Hobbes, Machiavelli, and Thucydides, realism’s key assumption, and some of the key thinkers such as Hans Morgenthau, and c) neorealism/structural realism, its key assumptions and differences with classical realism, and some of the key theorists such as Kenneth Waltz, John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt among others. Review# 1 is due: Sunday, May 16th (11: 50 PM) (No Extension allowed) = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = == == = = = == = = = = = = = = = = = = = = == =

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