POLSCI 498 - Undergraduate Seminar in International Politics
Fall 2022, Section 004 - Sociology of World Politics: International Relations and Law
Instruction Mode: Section 004 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Political Science (POLSCI)
Department: LSA Political Science
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Advisory Prerequisites:
Senior standing; primarily for seniors concentrating in Political Science.
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In recent decades, some sociologists have become critical of tendencies in their discipline to equate “societies” with bounded nation-states, and they have incorporated global, international, and transnational processes into their analyses. At the same time, some scholars of international relations and international law have integrated sociological concepts and theories into their own accounts. This course asks what it means to stake a sociological perspective on the study of world politics by exploring such topics as: the history of the international system and international law; global governance since 1945 and especially since the end of the Cold War; colonialism, empire, and decolonization; war and the development of the modern state; state sovereignty; diplomacy; and the rise and possible decline of the United States as the world's dominant power. We will consider both what sociologists have had to say about these topics and the ways that other scholars of international relations and international law have drawn on sociological ways of thinking.


POLSCI 498 - Undergraduate Seminar in International Politics
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004 (SEM)
 In Person
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM

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