International Relations—Spring 2012 Paper 1: Understanding why states act the way that they do February 13 (M)—Paper 1 is due electronically and in hard copy by the start of class Instructions



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International Relations—Spring 2012
Paper 1: Understanding why states act the way that they do


February 13 (M)—Paper 1 is due electronically and in hard copy by the start of class

Instructions:

The syllabus states that you must write at least one of the two unit-end essays assigned in this class. If you write both papers, your course grade will be weighted to favor the paper that you did better on (75% x higher graded paper + 25% x lower graded paper = the essay component grade). If you do not write this first paper, you must write the paper that will be due Monday, March 16.


Please respond to the prompt listed below with an essay that is at least 1750 words in length (approximately 7 pages), excluding a title section, citations, and the required bibliography. Your essay should be double-spaced, have numbered pages, use standard page margins and fonts, include page-specific and properly formatted citation. Your title page should list the paper's word count.
Your essay should center on the reading materials covered in this course unit. Because this assignment is designed to help you learn how to analyze the specific types of source materials I have assigned, please do not use any outside readings unless you specifically have cleared doing so with me (i.e., you may not use the internet, unassigned authors, or any other student's work, to help you write the exam). Without exception, instances of plagiarism (cases where a student attempts to gain academic credit by submitting an essay in which a significant portion of the writing has been copied or paraphrased from any other author, the internet, or another student) will be reported and punished according to university policy.
Before beginning your essay, you need to review carefully the handouts on the course website addressing citation requirements and paper grading criteria. The paper's citations and bibliography should carefully follow one three formats most used in the social sciences: University of Chicago, the APA, or the APSA. For your convenience, my website provides a handout with many formatting examples using the APSA style as well as a chapter from a political science writing manual with examples of APSA citation.

Paper 1 Topic:

Drawing and comparing insights from at least two of the main theories (realism, liberalism, Marxism, and constructivism) most used by scholars to understand contemporary international relations, answer the following question: Why do most states interact with other countries in ways that sometimes differ substantially from how these states interact with their own populations?

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