GPOL

6429

Modern International Society

New School for Social Research: Politics

Liberal Arts

Graduate Course

Degree Students (with Restrictions)

Modern International Society

Fall 2018

Taught By: Bruneau, Quentin

Section: A

CRN: 7478

Credits: 3

It is customary to describe the international political organisation of our world as an international system (or society) of states, and to identify its origins with the Peace of Westphalia (1648). It is against this familiar story that scholars usually juxtapose another familiar story about the decline of the nation-state, the erosion of sovereignty, and the demise of territoriality in an era of post-Cold War globalization. This course assesses the historical accuracy of the Westphalian story and its problems. In so doing, it raises major questions regarding our understanding of the contemporary period: put simply, we cannot be living in a post-Westphalian world if the world was never organised along ‘Westphalian’ lines. The course proceeds in three steps. First, we attempt to track the origins of international society across time and space: when and where did modern international society emerge? In this section, we will deal with topics such as the origins (European or otherwise) of sovereignty and modern territoriality, and their possible links to capitalism. The next section explores the changing normative principles of international society. It deals, for instance, with the popular early modern idea of divisible sovereignty, the rise of a practice of intervention, the shifting place of non-European polities in the law of nations, and the idea that Great Powers have special prerogatives. The third and final section explores the transformation of three key institutions of international society: diplomacy, international law, and war. The course ends by asking how best to interpret twentieth century transformations in light of the revised historical account of how modern international society was made.

College: New School for Social Research (GF)

Department: Politics (GPOL)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 12:20pm 4/20/2018

Meeting Info:

Days: Thursday

Times: 6:00pm - 7:50pm

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 8/30/2018 - 12/13/2018

Modern International Society

Spring 2018

Taught By: Bruneau, Quentin

Section: A

CRN: 4779

Credits: 3

This course is concerned with the making of modern international relations. It explores the issue through the history of what is traditionally called the ‘international system,’ ‘international society,’ or the ‘society of states,’ focusing particularly on the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. The course is structured around three themes. The first concerns the geographical and chronological origins of international society. Here, we will examine such topics as the extra-European origins of sovereignty and modern territoriality, as well as the issue of benchmark dates in international relations (e.g. 1648, 1789, and 1914). The second theme pertains to the normative principles and patterns of stratification underpinning international society. In this section, we will deal with topics such as humanitarian intervention and the idea of ‘concerts of powers.’ The third theme relates to the transformation of key institutions of international society, particularly diplomacy, international law, and war. In this part of the course, we will study subjects such as the rise of a ‘standard of civilization’ in international law, the codification of the laws of war, and the decline of an aristocratic diplomatic corps. The course will end by asking whether international relations have changed to the point where it is possible to speak of a post-modern form of world order.

College: New School for Social Research (GF)

Department: Politics (GPOL)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 12:21pm 4/20/2018

Meeting Info:

Days: Thursday

Times: 6:00pm - 7:50pm

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 1/25/2018 - 5/10/2018