Undergraduate Course Code: POL486H1S L0101
Topics in International Politics I
Advanced Theory Workshop on Change in International Relations
Advanced undergraduate and graduate International Relations (IR) theory seminar dedicated to studying change in IR. While most IR theories implicitly evoke some kind of change in IR, little attention has been given so far to theorizing change (and stability) itself. The workshop will first examine how change has implicitly and explicitly been studied in IR theory. We will distinguish between static and dynamic theories of change and will address theories that alternatively or jointly emphasize structure, agency, process, practice, and more. We will also discuss theories from outside IR that may contribute to explaining change in IR, such as evolutionary theory and complexity theory. We will then examine change in IR with the help of a theory of “cognitive evolution,” a theory of change and stability of international social orders. We will also examine whether progressive change in international relations is possible.
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