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Syllabi for next semester
The following is likely to only interest students at the Fletcher School:
Here are the syllabi for my spring courses:
UPDATE: Thanks to those who are caching typos!posted by Dan on 12.08.06 at 11:37 PM
From DHP D210:
Just so you know IR Theory link is not working. Also may I suggest a piece from Kissinger for the Statecraft course? Perhaps a chapter (or intro/afterword) of Does America Need a Foreign Policy?posted by: nick on 12.08.06 at 11:37 PM [permalink]
The syllabus for DHP D210 begins with the words: "It is easy to develop theories, explanations, or strategies for conducting foreign policy. It is quite another thing to implement them." The syllabus goes on to list far more books, papers and articles from people who have done the first than from people who have done the second.
That's an observation, not a criticism. Dan has taught classes in international relations before, and I have not. I assume as a matter of course that he knows more about how to teach this subject than I do. Outside the academic community, though, I'd insist that a policymaker who had mastered the reading list for this course but had never read Dean Acheson's memoirs, or from George Kennan's papers or anything by Henry Kissinger was unprepared for his job. I would not assume the reverse.posted by: Zathras on 12.08.06 at 11:37 PM [permalink]
Thanks for posting these--its always helpful to have reading lists outside my fieldposted by: Bill N on 12.08.06 at 11:37 PM [permalink]
Both of these syllabi look excellent. I hope, though, that the students at Fletcher will get the benefit of the courses you taught at Chicago. American Foreign Economic Policy and Globalization and Its Discontents were quite good and the latter was instrumental in forming my (now strongly held) opinions on the topic. Keep up the good work.
Always interesting to see a reading list of classic texts. (In Mackinder I don't think the "k" is capitalized.) A few random observations:
In strategic studies Mackinder is usually paired with Mahan. I'm curious to know why you separate them. Modelski is one of the leading scholars writing about long waves but the classic paper is by Kondratieff. There was a NATO seminar in Portugal on these a year ago from which you might find a more recent assessment by Modelski.
Readings on cultural differences and international relations need to go into the cultural side more deeply. I think it would challenge your students to read and debate F.S.C. Northrop's Taming of the Nations (1952, repr. 1987). Or have students read something by a non-Western scholar.
In place of the Communist Manifesto, I wonder if it would be useful to assign a pair of articles for and against dependency theory, which got a great deal of attention a generation or so ago.
The postwar period did see a resurgent realism, but there was a debate between Kennan and the Atlanticists that complicates the question of what to call the late 1940s. I think it would help to include a liberal internationalist thinker from the period.
Altogether, your course should be really interesting to teach as well as to take.
No Stephen Walt's Origins of Alliances?posted by: J Kahrl on 12.08.06 at 11:37 PM [permalink]
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