Course Description As requirement for all International Relations majors, IR 212 is the complement to IR 211. The purpose of IR 212 is to introduce you to historical approaches toward research. International Relations is a diverse, multidisciplinary field of study and, as such, I have taken pains to include readings from both historians and political scientists in the course.
The course is organized chronologically, taking students through many of the major events of Western international relations in the 19th and 20th centuries. The overall purpose of this course is to introduce this history, while also providing material about qualitative approaches to research—how facts become history and history becomes knowledge.