Ch. 1, Approaches to International Relations (2-17)

Discussion Questions (19)

  1. A respected family member picks up this book and sees the word theory in the first chapter. She is skeptical about the value of theory. Explain to her the utility of developing a theoretical perspective.
  2. Philosophy is your passion, but you find international relations moderately interesting. How can you integrate your passion with this pragmatic interest? What questions can you explore?
  3. You are a history major skilled in researching historical archives. Suggest two research projects that you might undertake to further your understanding of international relations.
  4. How can the study of international relations be made more scientific? What are the problems with doing so?

Additional Analysis

  1. Which IR question(s) raised in this chapter would you most like to see answered, and why? Which tool(s) would help you develop the best answer(s)? How so?