Fall 2009

International Relations and Foreign Policy Theories

Listed in: Political Science, as POSC-50


Pavel Machala (Section 01)


There is an extremely wide variety of ways to study a subject as diverse, complex and fascinating as the U.S. foreign policy. The scope of the subject is vast and the literature is enormous.   Although the current trend in the academy is towards the erosion of methodological boundaries both between subfields of political science and political science as a whole and other social science disciplines, the dominant foreign policy theories still tend to concentrate primarily on state-to-state relations and/or on the ability of statesmen and decision-making elites to understand the exigencies of international relations. The main objective of this course is to critically examine the strength and weakness of these dominant foreign policy theories by exposing them to the trends in the relevant areas of contemporary social science.

Admission with consent of the instructor.  Not open to first-year students.  Limited to 15 students. Fall semester. Professor Machala.


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2009, Fall 2020, Fall 2021