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Political Science (PL SC)

PL SC 411W Principles of International Cooperation (3) An exploration of the forces that make conflict, or cooperation, more likely in international relations.

PL SC 411W Principles of International Cooperation (3)

This course explores the forces and conditions that make conflict, or cooperation, more likely in international relations. Since international anarchy prevents actors from trusting one another cooperation should be rare or nonexistent. In spite of the logic and prevalence of such arguments, international cooperation does exist. While there is no definitive explanation for the persistence of cooperation in a world without central authority, we will pursue several arguments about how and why it does emerge. These arguments are based upon characteristics of the international system along with concepts developed principally from game theoretic approaches to the study of politics. By the end of the course students should have a basic grasp of game theory in international relations as well as examples of cooperation and conflict around the world. The game theoretic approach will enable students to understand why countries with often common interests and good intentions nevertheless fail to cooperate. Students will be expected to write essays that demonstrate their mastery of these theoretical constructs and ability to apply them to real world situations about which they have done independent research.
Political Science 411W fulfills the related course requirements for the revised International Politics Major and International Relations and 400 level course requirement for the Political Science major.


General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: Social and Behavioral Science
Effective: Summer 2006
Prerequisite: PL SC 014

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.

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