This course will critically review and examine the foreign policy of the United States. 

This course will review the history and modern International Relations of the Asia Pacific region. 

Review of the mainstream theories of International Relations. 

This course offers a broad introduction to political science. As such, it explores the most important concepts, debates, theories, and methods in the discipline. The course is primarily concentrated on the three main sub-fields within the discipline of political science — comparative politics, international relations, and political theory — although it also considers important contributions to the study of political economy and the politics of gender. The course begins by studying the foundations of political science, as well as its methods. It then proceeds to examine the evolution of the state, the way in which states are organized – both internally and in relation to one another – and the way in which states interact. Finally, it concludes by examining the way in which states manage competing interests, diversity, and conflict. Throughout the course, connections will be made to the key themes of legitimacy, institutional design, and multi-level governance.

This course provides an introduction to the sub-field of comparative politics, with a particular focus on developed countries. It offers an overview of key concepts and political phenomena that explores the nature of the state, with an emphasis on institutional design and political competition. The lectures are organized thematically, offering a comparison of different institutional configurations including parliamentarism versus presidentialism, unitary versus federal government, proportional versus majoritarian electoral systems, etc. While the lectures draw on examples from across the developed world, the course uses detailed case studies of four countries – France, Germany, the UK, and the US – to systematically illustrate important differences in institutional and politico-economic arrangements and to highlight the interconnected and mutually reinforcing nature of political institutions.