My courses include:
THEORIES OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
This survey course is designed for graduate students and offers a rigorous introduction to the main debates and theoretical perspectives of international relations: what do we know about international conflict and international cooperation? Is the state the most significant actor in international affairs today? Can theory inform us about the actual day-to-day of international politics? By the end of the course, students will be able to identify and evaluate intellectual trends and issues in the study of international relations, and sharpen their skills to bridge theory and practice in understanding and practicing problem-solving in international affairs.
INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
This survey course is designed for second-year undergraduate students and is structured in three parts. First, we will get settled into the course, understanding more about the roots of the discipline of ‘International Relations.’ Second, we tackle the mainstream theories and approaches to International Relations theory. Third, we look at a selection of contemporary issues in international politics today and see what we can learn from using the traditional theoretical insights. In order to bring the theory back down to earth, the course assignments include news reports and also an advanced negotiation simulation.
DILEMMAS OF HUMANITARIAN INTERVENTION
This course is open to all undergraduate students through the 'Common Core' and takes a very broad understanding of humanitarian intervention, looking not only at states but also at international NGOs and the aid business, and not only at aid but also at other forms of political action. It focuses on the emergence of humanitarian intervention, its contemporary nature, success and failure, moral challenges, and ways forward. It examines dilemmas generated notably by great power politics, by the tension between state sovereignty and global humanitarian action, by resource constraints in a world of potentially limitless need, and by issues of authentic country ownership. It explores these issues both through overview analysis in lectures, and through real-world case studies in seminars. In classroom discussion, students’ country expertise will be very much in the lead.
ASIAN REGIONAL GOVERNANCE IN AN AGE OF GLOBALIZATION
This course is open to all undergraduate students through the 'Common Core'. Taking an historical approach and using key theoretical perspectives, students will learn how the East Asian region has coped with their own interdependence and contentious security issues, and why Asian regional governance has evolved into its current forms. This course will also explore the dynamics of regional institutional governance in our era of globalization, culminating in an advanced negotiations simulation.