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SEMESTER I – 2011/2012

Lecturer (Day): Dr. Indira Rampersad (

Lecturer (Evening) : Ms. Priya Marajh (

Lectures (Day):Tuesdays, 1:00pm-4:00pm (Eng LT 1)

Lectures (Eve) : Wednesdays, 5:00pm-8:00pm (Eng Rm 101)

Office Hours :Thursdays 12:00pm-2:00pm (Dr. Rampersad, FSS 221)

Office Hours :Thursdays 4:00pm-6:00p (Ms. Marajh, Evening University Office next to Canada Hall)

Course Objectives

• To introduce students to the field of International Relations by highlighting some of the prominent issues in the discipline • To expose students to the major International Relations theories and approaches which have dominated the discipline since the post-World War I era • To show the relationship between these theories and approaches and practical international relations in subfields such as foreign policy and international political economy • To analyze global issues using these theories an approaches

You can realize these objectives by
• Regular and punctual lecture and tutorial attendance. There will be no pandering to lateness and absenteeism so make every effort to be present and to be on time! • Assimilating and reviewing lecture notes

• Reading all recommended articles and relevant chapters from the designated textbooks before attending class since lectures frequently make references to and offer perspectives on the required readings:

Classroom Rules

• Not reading of the newspapers, chatting, eating, surfing the Net, listening to music, engaging in intimacies, texting or speaking on cell phones during lectures • Unless it’s a burning question that can’t possible wait, keep your questions for the end of the class. If it is a burning question, then politely raise your hand. • Respect for lecturer and tutors should be practiced at all times. • Lectures will be NOT be placed online nor emailed to students under any circumstances. Hence it is imperative that students attend all lectures. There will be no pandering to absenteeism. • Questions/issues are to be discussed during office hours in my office or during tutorials. They will not be entertained after lectures nor in the corridors, library, streets, gym or pool.

Course Structure: This course consists of one lecture (2 hours) and one tutorial session (1 hour) per week. Participation in both of these is imperative. Roll will be taken to monitor students’ attendance. Recommended Readings

Baran, Paul. “On the Political Economy of Backwardness”, in The Political Economy of Development and Underdevelopment. C. Wilber, ed, Random House, NY, 1988 pp 96-108, 4th edition

Baylis, John and Steve SmithThe Globalization of World Politics, Chapters 8 & 9 (3rd ed)

Bull, Headley“International Theory”, in Knorr and Roseneau, Contending Approaches to International Politics (photocopy)

Baylis, John and Steve SmithThe Globalization of World Politics, Chapters 8 & 9 (3rd ed).

Burchill and Linklater Theories of International Relations, Chapter 1

Carr, E.H. The Twenty Years Crisis
Dougherty & PfaltzgraffContending Theories of International Relations, Chap 1

Gunder Frank, AndreThe Development of Underdevelopment in The Political Economy of Development and Underdevelopment. C. Wilber ed, Random House, NY, 1988 pp 109-120, 4th edition

Keohane, Robert and Joseph NyePower and Interdependence (latest edition)

Morgenthau, Hans“The Intellectual and Political Functions of Theory” in International Theory ed. By Der Derian

Morgenthau, HansPolitics Amongst...
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