Introduction to This Page

This page is meant to supplement the syllabus and lectures for my undergraduate course "Introduction to International Relations" (PSCI 3810) at the University of North Texas. It is organized along the same outline as the reading list for the course, to help students who wish to go beyond the original assigned readings.

Obviously, this page -- like any other page on the Web -- is a work in progress. I will do my best to keep it up-to-date throughout the semester. Unfortunately, many of these links may be redirected or even removed from the Web by the end of the semester (one semester I found that over one-third of all of the links on one of my pages broke between September and December). I would appreciate being informed via email if you find any broken links on this page, so that I can attempt to fix or delete the link in question.

World Map Resources

An important part of studying or understanding international relations involves being able to place countries and events in a geographic context. (More to the point of self-interest, this course's three exams each require you to identify countries on a blank map, so it is a good idea to become familiar with countries' locations if you want to pass the class...) The following links cover several of the Web's best sites for maps, as well as several sources offering blank or outline maps that can be used to help prepare for map quizzes on exams:

Collections of Maps and Related Resources

Blank/Outline Maps

The following maps are the ones that will be used on the actual exams in this course; please be aware that any country shown on each map is fair game for the exam.

World News Resources

Another important part of studying or understanding international relations involves being aware of what is going on around the world. The following links offer good coverage of international news; I try to visit most of these sites each day, to get a relatively broad picture of world politics from a variety of perspectives. Note that the point here isn't to endorse news from a particular national or political viewpoint, but to see how major news sources around the world are covering a topic; you will often find that the BBC or Xinhua (for example) are covering stories that aren't in any of the major American papers, and each of these news sources will often provide details that the others missed.

In most cases, these links are to the main news page on each site. Many of these sites offer regional or topical news pages, with many more news stories than they could fit on their main page, so you may want to explore these pages as well as the main headlines page. Many of these sites also offer RSS/Atom feeds, which makes it easy to follow news headlines automatically in your favorite feed reader/aggregator (like the free Google Reader).

World News Sites

These sources offer good coverage of events around the world (please note that I have tried to limit this to sources that provide original content, rather than sources that primarily repackage stories from the major news agencies):

Newspapers and Similar Sources

News Agencies

Regional News Sites

These sources may include some coverage of events across the world, but they are best at covering certain regions, offering news or details that the more global sites listed above may miss:

Other News-Related Links on My Web Site

Resources Related to Course Topics

These resources are meant to give students additional background on concepts or examples that are discussed in class. These include classic articles by political scientists, important historical speeches or documents, and major data sets or online research tools that can be used to follow up on the topics, among other resources.

I. BASIC CONCEPTS OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

A. Introduction

B. Actors in International Relations

C. Studying IR

D. Power

D. Foreign Policy Making

II. CONFLICT AND COOPERATION

A. Anarchy and the Security Dilemma

B. Armed Conflict

C. Realist Solutions to Conflict and Cooperation

D. Liberal Solutions to Conflict and Cooperation

III. CONFLICT AND COOPERATION

A. Trade and Protectionism

B. Globalization and Interdependence

C. Dependence and Development

D. Regionalism and Integration

IV. LOOKING TO THE FUTURE


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Last updated: 30 October 2015 (updated news links)
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