Section and Course Guidelines
TA: Iris Malone
422 Encina Hall West
Office hours: Tuesday 4-5 p.m., Wednesday 4-5 p.m., or by appointment
(1) Wednesday 1.30-2.20pm, Building 160 Room 314
(2) Wednesday 2.30-3.20pm, Building 160 Room 314
Email is the best way to contact me. I promise to respond to your emails within 24 hours. All email contact should have a subject line that begins with PS101.
Office hours and location are listed above. Please feel free to drop-in to talk about the assignments, course material, or anything else you need. If the listed hours above do not work, contact me, and we’ll find an alternative time to meet.
If you miss a section, you will receive credit as if you participated in that section if and only if: (1) you missed the section for reasons beyond your control, i.e. illness, scheduled athletic event, or family emergency; (2) you notify your TA prior to the scheduled section or demonstrate why advance notification was impossible; and (3) you write a one-page commentary on the readings for that section and submit it electronically to your TA by 10:30 a.m. on the Monday following the section you missed. The one-page commentary will count as your participation for the week.
Please feel free throughout the quarter to give your anonymous input about topics, concepts, readings, or new stories you’d like to cover in section here:
Unit 1. What is International Relations?
Week 1. What is international politics?
Guardian: Lesotho pleads with South Africa to annex their country
VOA: Rural Berlin Wall divide Communities after Russia-Georgia War
Week 2. How do we study international politics?
- NYT: Iran’s President Accuses U.S. of Lack of Compliance on Nuclear Deal
- Washington Post: Here’s what could happen if President Trump tore up the Iran Nuclear Deal
- Washington Post: Would a Clinton administration recognize that the Iran Nuclear Deal is a Failure?
Week 3. When do we see cooperation under anarchy?
NYT: Tension with Russia Rises as US Halts Syria Negotiations
Reuters: Syria rebels say peace talks futile while Russia backs Aleppo bombing
Unit 2. Introduction to International Security
Week 4. What is nationalism?
- Summary of Anderson’s Imagined Communities
- India and Pakistan are clashing again over Kashmir. Here’s what you need to know.
- Kashmir Pivoting Towards War Between India and Pakistan?
Week 5. Rationalist Explanations for War.
Week 6. Nuclear Revolution and International Politics.
- Week 6 Recap
- Reuters: Cost of modernizing US nuclear weapons to fall to next president
- NYT: Race for Latest Class of Nuclear Arms Threatens to Revive Cold War
- Cheat Sheet: The Politics of Nuclear Weapons
- Cheat Sheet: The Science of Nuclear Weapons
- Addendum: How Does Game Theory Explain Nuclear Deterrence and Brinkmanship?
Week 7. Domestic Political Explanations for War and the Rise of China.
- Week 7 Recap
- CFR: The Promises and Pitfalls of China’s Peaceful Rise
- The Diplomat: China’s Peaceful Rise and the South China Sea
Week 8. Civil War, Insurgency, and International Responses to War.
Unit 3. Introduction to International Political Economy
Week 9. Globalization and Trade
Week 10. Protectionism and Environmental Agreements
- A Trade War with China is Likely Under Donald Trump
- In China-US Trade War, Trump Would Have Weapons –Here’s what political science can tell us about the Paris climate deal
Created for: POLISCI 101. Introduction to International Relations.
Stanford University – Fall Quarter 2016.
Last Update: 7 December September 2016