The teaching and practice of international relations, security, and development have long been dominated by Western–especially U.S.–theoretical paradigms. The field of international relations has long privileged ‘neorealist’ and ‘neoliberal’ perspectives in its explanation of the world. Threats to U.S. economic and military primacy in the 21st century, and scholarly assaults on these paradigms from other disciplines, have given rise to alternative, critical perspectives on international relations, including geographic perspectives that privilege spatial analysis. In this seminar, participants will review both dominant and critical paradigms of international relations and geopolitics. Furthermore, participants will explore how geography and spatial analysis can be usefully integrated in a world politics curriculum.
Seminar led by Alex Papadopoulos, DePaul University