An Introduction to International Relations





Pasco-Hernando Community College







Pasco-Hernando Community College

Division of Arts and Sciences- spring 2009

INR 2002 - introduction to international relations



Convener of Class:      Tamm, David J., Adjunct

M.A.                    International Studies           University of Krakow, Poland

B.A.                    Political Philosophy               Michigan State University, E. Lansing, MI

Other Work:                                                     Corvinus University, Budapest, Hungary

                                                                           Marie Curie University, Lublin, Poland

                                                                          Univ. of South Florida, Tampa, FL


Class / Time:           G-111, Tuesday from 700-945 pm

Office Hours:           In the room before and after class, other by appointment

Telephone:              (727) 243-2034

Email:             (faster), (slower)


Required Text:  Introduction to International Relations: Theories and Approaches

                       (3rd Edition) by Jackson and Sorensen.

                       Publisher: Oxford University Press, 2007.


Description:  Our Class reads about and discusses international relations,

                       constructing the building blocks for comprehension of world affairs.

                       All the major 'big ideas' are covered: realism, liberalism, social

                       constructivism, political economy and foreign policy. This

                       course satisfies the Gordon Rule writing requirement. A grade

                       of 'C' or better must be attained. 45 Class hours.


Objectives:    Because PHCC is a learning-centered institution with a

                       mission that involves 'developing its students as individuals

                       [and as] citizens of the world,' let us, then, adopt these objectives:

*That the student may demonstrate a knowledge of the major bases used

in the study of international relations, and use this knowledge to

analyze current and past issues on the geostrategic chessboard. That

the student may recognize the urgency of sound foreign and domestic

policy through analyses of notable successes and failures.

*That the student may further their understanding of history through

the study and use of primary source documents, professional historical

journals and artifacts of the global distribution of power, authority

and exchange. Some of these professionals are:

Fukuyama (End of History),

Huntington (Clash of Civilizations),

Kaplan (Success through power projection),

Lind (Success through isolation),

Brzezinski (National Strategy platform- Democrat),

Buchanan (National Strategy platform- Republican),

Scruton (British perspective),

Bloom (causality in IR)

*That our projects of synthesis be based upon assigned readings, and

that our class integrate essays, a writing project and comprehensive

examinations into the process of the student's historical analysis.

That writing assignments require the student to be able to write

accurately, clearly and effectively, using proper grammar, punctuation

and mechanics.



Lively and informed discussions are essential to the success of the

course. Students should make every effort to keep up with the assigned

readings. It is assumed by the instructor that students have read from

the textbook and assigned readings in advance.



Two exams occur during the session. Each is worth 25% of the final

grade. Dates are noted on the syllabus. Each test contains multiple

choice and short response essay questions. Students may answer an

extra short answer in order to obtain extra credit. The grading scale

for exams are as follows: 90-100% A, 80-89% B, 70-79% C, 60-69% D,

0-60% F.

Each student will prepare a 5 'reader response essays' on a major

issue or line of thought in current international relations, as they

appear in the course. The topics are chosen by the instructor and

comprise 50% of the class, each being 10%. These response essays taken

together constitute a Gordon Rule Writing Project.

Roll will be taken at each session. More than four unexcused absences

will result in your withdrawal, regardless of your GPA. There are no

make-up tests as a rule, however, emergencies do arise and are

evaluated on a case-by-case basis. In any case, the grade for a

make-up is reduced by one full letter.



Most students are self-motivated and seek academic success. Yet, not

every student will earn an A. The likelihood that you will increases

dramatically when you do the following:

1) Read, read, read. Read the assigned sections of the book before every Class.

2) Attend each Class.

3) Take care about your writing.  Make sure it follows the MLA style

properly, is free from grammatical and spelling errors, and

demonstrates your thorough understanding of the subject.



Plagiarism, lying, cheating, stealing, and other forms of academic

dishonesty are, as might be expected, not allowed.




Please see full schedule here