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

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.

Missed Section

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.

Suggestion Box

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:

Suggestion Box for Section

Unit 1. What is International Relations?

Week 1. What is international politics?

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Week 2. How do we study international politics?

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Week 3. When do we see cooperation under anarchy?

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Unit 2. Introduction to International Security

Week 4. What is nationalism?

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Week 5. Rationalist Explanations for War.

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Week 6. Nuclear Revolution and International Politics.

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Week 7. Domestic Political Explanations for War and the Rise of China.

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Week 8. Civil War, Insurgency, and International Responses to War.

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Unit 3. Introduction to International Political Economy

Week 9. Globalization and Trade

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Week 10. Protectionism and Environmental Agreements

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Created for: POLISCI 101. Introduction to International Relations.

Stanford University – Fall Quarter 2016.

Last Update: 7 December September 2016