NYU International Politics portal 2012

International Politics

V53.0700 - International Politics (Core Course)
This course is designed to introduce the central concepts and methods for studying international relations and foreign policy. It emphasizes a political economy perspective that draws attention to how incentives,political institutions and domestic politics shape interactions in the international arena whether those interactions concern national security or economic exchange. The course introduces a set of analytic tools that will help provide a means to evaluate points of view regarding foreign affairs based on *logic and evidence* rather than personal opinion or partisan preferences.

Syllabus: [Satyanath F07][BDM S10]

V53.0710 - U.S. Foreign Policy
Prerequisite: V53.0700
Analysis of the sources of U.S. foreign policy and the major international problems facing the United States today. Considers the role of national interest, ideology, and institutions in the making and executing of U.S. foreign policy.

Syllabus: [Peker S06]

V53.0711 - The Politics of Human Rights
Prerequisite: V53.0700

This course is designed to provide a broad introduction to the study of human rights from the perspective of political science. It examines the political history of the international human rights regime; recent political theory and psychological perspectives on human rights, the causes of contemporary human rights problems; the economic, social, and political factors associated with human rights progress; and the strategic approaches that are currently being employed to improve human rights in different settings.

Syllabus: [Downs F10] [Downs S11]

V53.0712 - National Security
Prerequisite: V53.0700 
Starting with the traditional arena of national security and U.S. military policy, students analyze how national security decisions are made in this country, as well as the past and current military strategies used to carry out those decisions. From there students examine the particular national security concerns and policies of Russia, China, Germany, and Japan. This class also looks at new thinking on national security, asking to what extent international trade and competition, immigration, illegal drugs, and the environment should be considered national security issues.

Syllabus: [Peker S06]

V53.0715 - American Primacy
Prerequisite: V53.0700
This course addresses the question: How did the United States become the world’s dominant nation? That is, what explains American primacy, by which I mean the ascendancy of the United States in: military power, economic wealth, and “soft power”—the unforced deference that other countries pay us? On all these levels, America leads the world today.

Syllabus: [
Mead S08] [Mead S10] [Mead S11]

V53.0720 - Diplomacy and Negotiation
Prerequisite:  V53.0700
Analyzes the theory and practice of diplomacy, with special emphasis on bargaining strategies that nations use to try to settle their differences and avoid wars, including the use of mediators, arbitrators, and institutions like the United Nations. Applies game theory to analyze the use of exaggeration, threats, and deception in bilateral and multilateral diplomacy. Supplements case studies of international negotiation, especially in crises, with studies of domestic bargaining used in the formulation of foreign policy.

V53.0725 - The Political Economy of Development

Prerequisite:  V53.0700
This course will examine the inter-relationship between politics and economic development.  It will address both how socio-political factors influence economic outcomes, and how   economic factors, in turn, shape political outcomes. We will begin by exploring the legacy of    historical institutions such as slavery and colonialism on development and growth. We will then study how political factors such as ethnic fractionalization, gender, corruption, and democracy influence economic outcomes. We will also focus extensively on the economics of conflict in developing nations, and examine the role of international aid as a part of current efforts at promoting development.

Syllabus: [Dube F10] [Chacon S11]

V53.0730 - International Organization
Prerequisite:  V53.0700
This course covers the formal theory of international cooperation including the reason why countries choose to cooperate, bargaining over and enforcement of international agreements, and multilateralism. The remainder of the course discusses empirical examples including peacekeeping, collective security, economic and environmental cooperation, human rights treaties and arms control.

Syllabus: [Lutmar F07]  [Gilligan S06]

V53.0736 - Business and American Foreign Policy
Prerequisite:  V53.0700
Examines competing theories as to the relationship between business and government in the conduct of foreign policy. Assesses the applicability of these theories to case studies in East-West trade, the defense procurement process, intervention in the Third World, human rights, the effect of trade and investment on the American economy, security of supply of natural resources, and economic development in the Third World.

V53.0740 - International Law
The norms that govern states in their legal relations and the current development of law among nations, based on cases and other legal materials relating to the nature and function of the law; recognition of states and governments; continuity of states and state succession; jurisdiction over persons, land, sea, air, and outer space; international responsibility and the law of claims; diplomatic privileges and immunities; treaties; regulation of the use of force; and the challenges posed by new states to the established legal order. Emphasis on the case-law method, as used in law school instruction.

Syllabus: [Hsiung F07]  [Carneiro F06] [Hsiung F08]

V53.0741 - War, Peace, and World Order
Prerequisite:  V53.0700
This course explores the conditions that lead to the initiation, escalation, spread, termination, and consequences of international conflict as well as the circumstances that promote, preserve, or restore peace.  The main objective is to identify strategies that promote cooperative solutions to international disputes and to evaluate those strategies in terms of their historical effectiveness. The course emphasizes the application of models of strategic rational action as tools for assessing relations between nations, coupled with statistical and historical analysis of classes of events. 

Syllabus: [Smith F07]  [Bueno de Mesquita S07] [Smith F08]

V53.0742 - Terrorism
Prerequisite:  V53.0700
Comparative study of terrorism as a domestic political phenomenon. Examines foundational issues, economic, psychological, strategic, and social theories of terrorism as well as theories of the cessation of terrorist violence, government negotiation with terrorists, the relationship between terrorists and nonviolent political actors, and the internal political economy of terrorist organizations. Considers terror in the Middle East (especially emphasizing Hamas), nationalist terror (ETA and the IRA), and Maoist revolutionary terror (with emphasis on the Shining Path).

Syllabus: [Zubida F05]

V53.0760 - International Politics of the Middle East
Prerequisite:  V53.0700
Identical to V77.0752
This course is intended as an introduction to politics in the Middle East and therefore provides a general overview of some of the chief issues of contemporary Middle Eastern politics. Consequently, it will
examine the interplay of numerous factors that help us to better understand and to critically analyze the Middle East. These include the impact of colonialism, nationalism and nation-state formation, regional crises, the Arab-Israeli conflict, the politics of oil, Islamism, democratization, political economy, globalization, and human rights, etc. Special attention will be given to the historical and contemporary interaction between the Middle East and the United States, the “West,” and the “East.” Lastly, the Iraq War has ushered in a defining moment for the world. Not only does it affect the politics of the region and developments here in the United States, it has also reshaped the international political system. As such, a portion of the class will be devoted to studying this crisis.

: [Marji Sum08]  [Erbal Sum07] [Marji S08] [Erbal Fall10]

V53.0770 - International Relations of Asia
Identical to V33.0770
The relations of and between the principal Asian national actors (e.g., China, Japan, India) and the relationship of the Asian "subsystem" to the international system. Covers the traditional Asian concepts of transnational order, the impact of external interventions, the modern ideological conflict and technological revolution, the emergent multilateral balance beyond Vietnam, the changing patterns of relations in the Asian subsystem traced to the international evolution from bipolarity to multicentrism, and the U.S. role in Asia.

Syllabus: [Hsiung F07] [Hsiung S11]

V53.0775 - International Political Economy
Prerequisite:  V53.0700
This course serves as an introduction to the workings of the contemporary international political-economic system and introduces students to some of the main analytical frameworks which political economists use to understand this system. Finally, the course familiarizes students with analytical tools that serve to gain a better understanding of the current problems and opportunities facing actors in today's international political economy.

Syllabus: [McGillivray F02]

V53.0780 - Inter-American Relations
Prerequisite:  V53.0700
Examines inter-American relations in the 20th century. The role the United States has played in influencing economic and social policy in Latin America and the Caribbean is examined through the Good Neighbor Policy, the cold war, Alliance for Progress, National Security Doctrine, and the democratization wave. The Mexican Revolution; Import Substitution Industrialization policies; the Guatemalan, Bolivian, Cuban, and Nicaraguan revolutions and their effects on U.S.-Latin American relations are discussed along with U.S. social, political, and military intervention in the region and its effect on strengthening and/or hindering democracy. Heavy on readings, the course provides a historical, sociological, and economic background of Latin American political development in the 20th century. Formerly Latin America and the World.

V53.0994- Globalization, Governance and Development
Prerequisite: V53.0700
This class is will focus on issues of global governance and the role of international institutions in a globalized economy.  In particular, we will look at how the rise of multi-level trade governance in the current international trade regime affects economic development in those countries which are least able to take advantage of trade in a liberalized regime.  This class seeks to understand three facets of the globalized economy.  First, what led to the rise and diffusion of globalization and liberal trade policies?  Second, what are the characteristics and who are the actors associated with governance of this liberalized regime?  And finally, what are the consequences of the new rules in terms of social issues and the relative power of new actors?

Syllabus: [DiCaprio S08]

V53.0795 - Undergraduate Field Seminar: International Politics
Prerequisite: V53.0700 
Advanced seminar for juniors and seniors in international relations. The specific topic of the seminar is announced each year.

Syllabus: Political Economy of Development [Satyanath F07]
              Domestic Determinants of IR [
Smith S07]
              The Politics of International Law [
Downs F09] [Downs S10]

              Solving Foreign Crises [Bueno de Mesquita S11]*

Fall 2009 Seminar: Solving Foreign Crises- Bueno de Mesquita
Prerequisite: V53.0700 + 3 other politics courses

*Note: Syllabus is MA version, undergraduate syllabus will reflect a less rigorous approach to the subject.

V53.0796 Honors Seminar: American Empire
Prerequisite:V53.0700, three other politics courses, Junior or Senior standing, 3.5 GPA.
The purpose of this course is to provide a broad survey of the debate about American power and influence in international affairs, and to provide sufficient background for students to do a major research paper on the topic. Some view the American role today as creating an empire, while others view U.S. influence as just a reflection of the wealth and military might that Americans command. There are many other thoughtful perspectives as well.

Syllabus: [Denoon F07] [Denoon F08]

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