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Special Topics in Political Science (490-0-22)


International Order: Models, History, & Science


Ian F Hurd
Scott, #306

Meeting Info

Scott Hall 212: Mon 11:00AM - 1:50PM

Overview of class

This seminar examines the idea of ‘international order' and the history, science, and politics that it contains. It is common to hear scholars and policy-makers expound on the importance of international order and offer prescriptions for achieving it. It is much less common to hear them define the term or distinguish it from other concepts. This seminar looks at diverse approaches to the concept of international order and maps the idea's intellectual terrain. We consider world order as a scientific model, an empirical claim, an interpretive device, and a political project, with readings from the 17th century to the present. Seminar participants will pursue a research project that culminates with a draft of an article.

Enrollment Requirements

Enrollment Requirements: Reserved for Graduate Students.