International Relations Theories Political Science 4
1- Robert Keohane presented the concept of complex independence. What is complex interdependence, according to Keohane?
For which of the several general epochs listed: the Westphalian system, the Vienna system, the inter-war years
(Versailles system), post- war, and post-cold war� is it most applicable? For which is it least applicable? Does complex
interdependence make force more or less fungible? Explain, using an empirical example?
2- What is it about Alexander Wendt�s discussion in �Anarchy Is What States Make of It� that contributes to
constructivism? Does his discussion potentially contribute to neoliberal institutionalist thought? Explain. Cite as a
case study how an application of Wendt�s analysis might explain the success or failure of a particular international
IMPORTANT OBJECTIVES TO THE COURSE:
This course encompasses an advanced inquiry to the origins, evolution, and current status of theoretical approaches to
the study of international relations. Theories that inform political science can be expected to provide the foundation
for the study and conduct of public affairs. This is true, in particular, for international affairs. Whether or not
expectations conform with reality is not always altogether certain. This course will provide the student with a study of
international relations theories and their empirical applications.
It is important that the student stay abreast of current events involving international relations. This should not be a
difficult task given the tremendous amount of attention present being paid in the media to events across the globe. The
fact that the United States is in the midst of a war against terror provides an additional challenge in effort to
accurately determine prevailing theoretical constructs.
Students will demonstrate a global perspective choosing disciplinary theories, concepts and, frameworks to organize and
analyze international political phenomena.