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SIS-301 Spring 2012 lecture 4

February 9th, 2012 | Posted by ptj in SIS-301 - (0 Comments)

The fourth lecture for SIS-301 Spring 2012 — this one’s on Locke.

There’s good news and there’s other news. The good news is that I fixed the recording problems from last week, so this file actually plays with intelligible sound. The other news is that I had to completely change my recording set-up, so this file is a .mov rather than a .m4a. It should play in a larger number of players, but the video is a tad lower quality and the file size is much larger. And it’s not chaptered, the way the .m4a files were. That said, it actually works, so overall I think it’s a net gain.


SIS-301 Spring 2012 lecture 3

February 2nd, 2012 | Posted by ptj in SIS-301 - (0 Comments)

The third lecture of the semester — Hobbes and the Enlightenment project.

UPDATE — there was some kind of a recording error on this version of the lecture, so it’s inaudible for about the first 25 minutes. Sigh. I don’t have the time to re-do it just at the moment so might I suggest that you listen to the older version here, and then maybe catch the last 10-15 minutes of this one which are properly audible.

SIS-301 Spring 2012 lecture 2

January 27th, 2012 | Posted by ptj in SIS-301 - (0 Comments)

Lecture 2, Machiavelli. As before, best results in iTunes and QuickTime Player 7.

SIS-301 Spring 2012 lecture 1

January 19th, 2012 | Posted by ptj in SIS-301 - (0 Comments)

Podcast lecture 1 for SIS-301, Spring 2012. Topic: Thucydides. Note that this enhanced AAC file (.m4a) has both slide images and a voice track; in my experience it plays best in QuickTime Player 7 or in iTunes. QuickTime Player 10 and other media players sometimes fail to show the slides.

Here are the slides I used in the first class session of SIS-301 “Theories of International Politics” for Spring 2012.

Here is the course syllabus. (Note that this version is slightly modified from the one I showed in class — I added in the Electronic Communications Policy I mentioned, corrected a couple of typos, and clarified the reading assignments for three class sessions in April.)

lecturelet 13

May 4th, 2009 | Posted by ptj in SIS-301 - (0 Comments)

The final lecturelet for SIS-301; this one’s about Naeem Inayatullah and David Blaney’s book International Relations and the Problem of Difference.

Naeem and David actually have spoken about their approach at a workshop I organized, and a recording of those remarks is available here.

lecturelet 12

April 20th, 2009 | Posted by ptj in SIS-301 - (0 Comments)

Almost the end of the series! Here’s lecturelet 12, which is somewhat about feminism and somewhat about the broader critical-theoretical tradition that it is part of, at least or especially in IR.

My subjective perception was that I talked a bit fast on a couple of these slides. Fortunately, QuickTime has options that you can use to slow down playback, if that’s necessary.

Based on some class and post-class comments, I decided to whip up a quick supplemental lecturelet on motivational versus intentional explanations. This kind of issue always comes up when one starts delving into constructivist theory, but I don’t think that the explanation I gave in class was sufficient . . . so here’s another attempt.

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.