Political Science International Relations
– Complete the readings in the textbook: Read Chapter 1 and Chapter 2 – Complete the assignment on page 19 of the textbook – Go over the two power point presentations – Watch the Crash Course video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_XPZQ0LAlR4) from the module and provide an answer to the assigned questions: After watching the above video please answer the following question: Brian Green mentions alliance systems and “the belief that war was generally good for nations” as main causes of WWI. Another cause that he seems to imply is that war appeared to have been accepted as inevitable by the majority of Europe’s populations. Do you agree with either of these statements. Why? Provide a response in approximately two paragraphs. Answer the following: 1. Based on the information from chapters 1 and 2 and the assigned power points what do you think is the most important catalyst for action/change in international politics : is it the desire to enhance state/personal power; is it the power of ideas/ideologies; is it individual people (elites). Back up your conclusion with the information from the readings or the power points. Your answers can be of any length but should not be shorter than a paragraph. When answering your question you can consider such terms/ideas as: acquisition of territory, Napoleon, nationalism, Bismarck, military conquest, etc. You are also required to comment on two of your fellow students responses. Your comments should also be at a minimum a paragraph in length. If you agree or disagree with them, you might want to explain why, or you may want to add another piece of information that you believe adds to the argument the student is making (or detracts from it) 2. Your second comment will usually be left to you to write a general impression about the readings. For this first module I will start us off with the question that I deem you write a discussion response to. European relations among Great Powers at the end of the 19th century resemble modern global relations between Great Powers. Do you agree with this statement. Why or why not? Indulge your imagination in your response: Which modern state represents UK of the 19th century. Which one would be Germany (would it be Germany – why?) You can use your own knowledge to support your argument – remember your opinions should be fact based and your tone that of respect and academic in nature. I will provide some comments to your responses – in general I will always try to provide a counter argument to your claim – almost always simply to present a different point of view and not as a reflection of my actual opinion. 1. A respected family member picks up this book and sees the word theory in the first chapter. She is skeptical about the value of theory. Explain to her the utility of developing a theoretical perspective. 2. Philosophy is your passion, but you find international relations moderately interesting. How can you integrate your passion with this pragmatic interest? What questions can you explore? 3. You are a history major skilled in researching the historical archives. Suggest two research projects that you might undertake to further your understanding of international relations. 4. How can the study of international relations be made more scientific? What are the problems with doing so?