POL S 326 A: Scandinavia in World Affairs

Meeting Time: 
MTWTh 12:30pm - 1:20pm
PCAR 192
Joint Sections: 
Christine Ingebritsen

Syllabus Description:

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Professor Christine Ingebritsen                                                                                 


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Office 305R Raitt Hall

Course Meets  MTWTH  Paccar 192, 12:30-1:20

Scandinavia in World Politics (Scand 326, PoliSci 326) introduces students to the particular challenges and opportunities in the foreign policy making of small states in international relations.  The course focuses on a comparison of how and why Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden respond and adapt in distinct ways to global economic, security, and ecological imperatives.  The role of norms, institutions, prominent individuals, historic and path dependent policy choices will be critically evaluated.

Learning Goals:  Upon completion of the class, students will be able to explain Scandinavian--EU and NATO relations; trance patterns of responses to globalization and who wins and who loses; identify challenges to Scandinavia's historically unique policies due to a growing global population; name individuals who are "norm entrepreneurs" in peacemaking, global environmental institution-building and economic and social justice; and outline the historic evolution of European integration from the vision of the founders to the ways in which the EU increasingly matters to Scandinavia and the rest of the world.




Required Readings:

Christine Ingebritsen, Scandinavia in World Politics

Peter Katzenstein, Small States in World Markets

Mark Kurlansky, Cod

Christine Ingebritsen, The Nordic States and European Unity

Steve Strid and Claes Andreasson, The Viking Manifesto

University of Washington, Small States in International Relations

Europe Today, Scandinavian Chapter

Anu Partanen, The Nordic Theory of Everything

*The readings are available for purchase or on loan at the University Bookstore.


Students should also be reading The Economist, The Financial Times, or The New York Times to follow current events relevant to the course.

Catalog Description: 
Introduction to the foreign relations of Scandinavia with a focus on Nordic security, international economic pressures, and global conflict resolution. Includes a survey of the national settings for international involvements and highlights the dilemmas for industrial societies exposed to the pressures of interdependence. Offered: jointly with SCAND 326.
Department Requirements: 
International Relations Field
Political Economy Option
GE Requirements: 
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Last updated: 
October 23, 2019 - 10:21pm