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World Politics Lecture 2 IR, WP, and Globalization

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Courtney Thomas

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Transcript of World Politics Lecture 2 IR, WP, and Globalization

photo credit Nasa / Goddard Space Flight Center / Reto Stöckli
World Politics Lecture 2
To Be A Scholar
Consider new ideas and perspectives
Challenge theories critically and analytically
Avoid opinionation
Argue cogently and compellingly
Respect others
Avoid ideological extremes

What is a Theory?
Theory: “a kind of simplifying device that allows you to decide which facts matter and which do not” (Baylis, Smith, Owens)
Tied to notion of “exclusionary principles”
A lens, a framework, a perspective, a set of assumptions, a worldview

Three Concepts
International Relations
World Politics
International Relations
Interactions BETWEEN and AMONG states
Trade, diplomacy, conflict

A state-centered world

Sovereignty: “there is no actor above the state that can compel it to act in specific ways” (Baylis, Smith, Owens)


External v. Internal legitimacy

World Politics
Issues that play out on the world stage

Role of non-state actors

Links back to international relations

Honestly? A pretty meaningless term
Supranationality (and subnationalism)
Hyperglobalists v. Skeptics
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