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210061 LK BAK8: LK International Politics (2018S)

6.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 21 - Politikwissenschaft
Continuous assessment of course work

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Students who miss the first lesson without prior notification will lose their seat in the course.

Follow the principles of good scientific practice.

The course instructor may invite students to an oral exam about the student’s written contributions in the course. Plagiarized contributions have the consequence that the course won’t be graded (instead the course will be marked with an ‘X’ in the transcript of records).

Registration/Deregistration

Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first serve).

Details

max. 50 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Wednesday 07.03. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
Wednesday 14.03. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
Wednesday 21.03. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
Wednesday 11.04. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
Wednesday 18.04. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
Wednesday 25.04. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
Wednesday 02.05. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
Wednesday 09.05. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
Wednesday 16.05. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
Wednesday 23.05. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
Wednesday 30.05. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
Wednesday 06.06. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
Wednesday 13.06. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
Wednesday 20.06. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
Wednesday 27.06. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

Ever since the dawn of the nuclear age, nuclear proliferation has mostly been seen as an almost inevitable if not natural process. Given the expectation that any state capable of building the bomb would, at some point, do so, forecasts made by governmental agencies as well as independent pundits have usually been too pessimistic about the future course of proliferation anticipating nuclear tipping points or chain reactions in various parts of the world. If one closely looks at the historical record, however, proliferation has been the exception rather than the rule. Only nine countries possess nuclear weapons. Many countries that have the capability to build the bomb have foregone nuclear weaponization. Others have even given up an existing stockpile. The question students of international relations have to answer is, “why?”. So far, different schools of thought have offered varying explanations and identified a whole set of factors that seem to play into nuclear decision-making. However, overall, the explanations put forward remain as contested as the future course of proliferation as such.
This course will supplement the lecture series “Internationale Politik” (note that the first half of the course will be devoted to issues and topics dealt with in this VO) and look into the phenomenon of proliferation (in the second half of the term). It will first explore and discuss as to what theories of international relations (neorealism, neoliberal institutionalism, constructivist approaches, democratic peace thesis, regime survival thesis) have to offer in terms of explaining and forecasting these phenomena. So, the role of security and power considerations, domestic challenges and priorities, institutional and regime constraints, as well as of norms and status and prestige thinking will be scrutinized and highlighted. In a next step, these theories will be applied to and tested against a number of case studies. Overall, this course will advance students’ familiarity with and understanding of a major issue area of international relations, related theoretical approaches and empirical findings.

Assessment and permitted materials

Active participation in class discussions, submission of short assignments and of a six page essay, oral presentation

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

This course will supplement the lecture series “Internationale Politik” (note that the first half of the course will be devoted to issues and topics dealt with in this VO) and look into the phenomenon of proliferation (in the second half of the term). It will first explore and discuss as to what theories of international relations (neorealism, neoliberal institutionalism, constructivist approaches, democratic peace thesis, regime survival thesis) have to offer in terms of explaining and forecasting these phenomena. So, the role of security and power considerations, domestic challenges and priorities, institutional and regime constraints, as well as of norms and status and prestige thinking will be scrutinized and highlighted. In a next step, these theories will be applied to and tested against a number of case studies. Overall, this course will advance students’ familiarity with and understanding of a major issue area of international relations, related theoretical approaches and empirical findings.
The class will be held in English. Note, however, that as we will be analyzing and discussing German articles, too, participants must also have a working knowledge of German!

Examination topics

Joint analysis of texts, presentations, class discussions
The class will be held in English. Note, however, that as we will be analyzing and discussing German articles, too, participants must also have a working knowledge of German!

Reading list

Hymans, Jacques E. C. (2007): The Psychology of Nuclear Proliferation, Cambridge: Cambridge.
Potter, William C.; Mukhatzhanova, Gaukhar (eds., 2010a): Forecasting Nuclear Proliferation in the 21st Century, Vol. 1: The Role of Theory, Stanford: Stanford.
Potter, William C.; Mukhatzhanova, Gaukhar (eds., 2010b): Forecasting Nuclear Proliferation in the 21st Century, Vol. 2: A Comparative Perspective, Stanford: Stanford.
Solingen, Etel (2007): Nuclear Logics. Contrasting Paths in East Asia and the Middle East, Princeton: Princeton.
Waltz, Kenneth N. (1979): Theory of International Politics, New York: McGraw-Hill.

Association in the course directory

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