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International Relations: a Critical Introduction

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While international politics has been a topic of discourse since at least Thucydides, international relations, as a branch of study distinct from political theory, emerged in the late 19th century—just as the European nation-state was making itself felt as the dominant political actor on the world stage. 

While arguably no discipline evolves entirely independently of social and political power, IR, with its descriptive and prescriptive analyses of national action and competition in the world arena, seems particularly implicated within dominant politics—as much an adjunct to state power as it is a study of it. Concerned initially with questions of colonial management, the discipline shifted, in the wake of World War II, largely to the analyses of U.S. super-power—initially, its Cold War fight against the Soviet Union and, more recently, its struggle to maintain hegemony—usually imbibing in the process ideological assumptions of American prerogative and exceptionalism. 

While international relations has unquestionably produced work that’s scrupulous, generative, and original, its close connection to power and historical complicity with imperialism, colonialism, and white supremacy raise fundamental questions about not only the meaning of international relations, but also the very nature of theorizing about world politics. What kind of knowledge does international relations produce—and for whom? What does it reveal about the world, and what does it obscure? And, is it possible to rethink how we think about international politics? What does a critical “IR” look like?

In this course, we will read the classics of international relations theory alongside critical accounts that challenge some of the discipline’s most enduring assumptions and detail its historical complicity with patriarchy, white supremacy, and Euro-American imperialism. We’ll examine, and historically contextualize, international relations’s two polar theoretical frameworks: liberalism, which holds that states can work in coordination to maintain peace under international law; and realism, which depicts a Hobbesian world of states competing in a zero-sum quest for power and advantage. 

We will touch on the core themes and concepts of classical international theory, including anarchy, world order, state sovereignty, hegemony, international cooperation, and the balance of power—all the while examining critically the discipline’s fundamental premises. Finally, we will ask: how can we think about world politics without reinscribing the very power differentials that enable aggression, exploitation, and domination? Can, and should, international relation be repurposed to bring about a more equitable world? 

Readings will be drawn from works by Immanuel Kant, Hans Morgenthau, Rosa Luxemburg, W.E.B. Dubois, Cinthia Enloe, and Cedric Robinson, among others.


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