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lecturelet 11

April 12th, 2009 | Posted by ptj in SIS-301 - (0 Comments)

Still hovering around 50 minutes. Here’s the eleventh installment in the series; this lecture(let) focuses on realist constructivism, and extends/complements last week’s thoughts on liberal constructivism.

One clarification: the “social construction” / “not social construction” fractal is not a replacement for the 2×2 that arranges realism, liberalism, liberal constructivism, and realist constructivism as ideal-typical combinations of commitments; that said, the fractal might be the analytical engine driving the debates. You decide.

lecturelet 10

April 5th, 2009 | Posted by ptj in SIS-301 - (0 Comments)

Looks like I am stuck on the 48-49 minute length for the moment. Here’s lecture(let) 10, on constructivism, particualrly the more liberal variety. In this lecturelet and the next one I aim to give some sense of how the constructivist turn has interacted with realist and liberal approaches; this week I spend more time on constructivism in general so that we all get the basic logic down, and next week I will talk more in detail about what I see as the realist/liberal contrast within constructivism.

lecturelet 9

March 30th, 2009 | Posted by ptj in SIS-301 - (0 Comments)

Okay, so maybe 49 minutes is not quite a lecturelet. But it’s shorter than the previous few so-called lecturelets, so that has to count for something. Liberalism is our topic this week: both IR liberalism and the broader liberal tradition from which it (sometimes implicitly) derives.

lecturelet 8

March 23rd, 2009 | Posted by ptj in SIS-301 - (0 Comments)

Someone commented that these were less lecturelets and mroe lectures; I am not sure how much longer they will continue to run to this size, but these past couple of weeks there seems to have been a lot to say. Maybe this is a temporary bulge; we’ll see.

In any event: here’s lecture(let) 8, on IR realism.

lecturelet 7

March 16th, 2009 | Posted by ptj in SIS-301 - (0 Comments)

Here’s the seventh installment in the ongoing, thrilling series “Some Short Lecturelets On International Relations Theory,” or something like that. Anyway, here’s the latest set of slides and my commentary for SIS-301; this time the topic is Hegel, and the rationality of History.

Yes, I know it’s almost an hour long. Enlightenment philosophy is complicated stuff.

rulers and the ruled

March 13th, 2009 | Posted by ptj in SIS-301 - (0 Comments)

Here’s a little supplemental lecturelet I whipped up for SIS-301. This is based on some diagrams I sketched on the board one day after class; not everyone could stay for that, and some people found them helpful, so I’m making them publicly available in this form. What I’ve done here is to briefly sketch the ruler/ruled relationship according to Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, and Kant, as I see it. Enjoy!

lecturelet 6

March 2nd, 2009 | Posted by ptj in SIS-301 - (0 Comments)

Here’s the sixth lecturelet for SIS-301 — this one’s on Kant. I also took the opportunity to talk a bit about “the international” and the connection between politcal theory and international relations, so this one is a bit longer than usual.

lecturelet 5

February 23rd, 2009 | Posted by ptj in SIS-301 - (0 Comments)

Here’s the fifth lecturelet for SIS-301, Spring 2009; this one’s on Rousseau. Yes, Rousseau: not often thought of as an IR theorist, but I think he opens up interesting vistas.

lecturelet 4

February 8th, 2009 | Posted by ptj in SIS-301 - (0 Comments)

The fourth in the ongoing series for Theories of International Relations. This one’s on Locke.

lecturelet 3

February 2nd, 2009 | Posted by ptj in SIS-301 - (0 Comments)

The third lecturelet from SIS-301, Spring 2009. This one’s on Hobbes, and seeks to locate him within the broader Enlightenment project.