President George W. Bush talks with Chinese President Hu Jintao, left, during a luncheon with world leaders during the G8 Summit at the Konstantinovsky Palace Complex in Strelna, Russia in July 2006. Also pictured is Russian President Vladimir Putin, and South African President Thabo Mbeki, far-right. (Photo courtesy of the White House Photo Essays
This seminar provides an overview of the field of international relations. Each week, a different approach to explaining international relations will be examined. By surveying major concepts and theories in the field, the seminar will also assist graduate students in preparing for the comprehensive examination and further study in the department's more specialized offerings in international relations, including 17.420
, 17.424, 17.430, 17.432
and 17.468. Master's students and undergraduates may enroll only with the instructor's permission.