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International Law and International Relations

5 units
June 26 - August 19, 2017

What is the character of international legal rules? Do they matter in international politics, and if so, to what degree? How effective can they really be? What should we expect from international law in shaping international relations? This seminar will provide introductory knowledge of the foundational principles and sources of public international law and a brief review of the most prominent IR-theories. Besides exploring how these theories address the role of IL in international politics, we will also consider a set of practical problems, where IL and IR intersect most dramatically, such as intervention by force, human rights, and enforcement of criminal law. * Notice to students- registration for this course is not finalized until confirmed by the instructor during the first week of class. All interested students (registered or not) must attend the first class meeting for an in-depth discussion of the syllabus and other course policies. At that (mandatory) meeting a selection process will be conducted to determine final course enrollment. * Course satisfies the WiM requirement for International Relations majors. Learning Objectives: critically evaluate primary and secondary source materials, and use both to explain social and historical phenomena. learn what makes a question about human behavior or the behavior of social institutions and structures empirically tractable and significant, and thereby become a capable consumer of research. understand and evaluate historical and social change. use and evaluate either qualitative evidence or quantitative data in social inquiry. analyze the effects of one or more kinds of social institutions and social structures on human action. analyze the origins of social institutions and social structures. apply the methods of research and inquiry from social science to the study of human behavior in social, political, and economic organizations. use strategies for basing conclusions about society in data including causal reasoning, historical contextualization, hypothesis testing, modeling, and critical analysis of behavior and institutions.




  • Students can choose to take this course for 4 or 5 units.Those who enroll in the course for less than the maximum unit count will have reduced classwork proportional to the number of units chosen.
  • The 5 unit version of this course is offered as part of the Summer Intensive in International Management, and qualifies toward the Certificate of Completion in International Management. 4 unit enrollments will not qualify toward the Certificate. Enrolled units can be adjusted in Axess through the Final Study List deadline.


INTNLREL 140A Syllabus - 2016