Discuss the key assumptions and arguments made by a particular theory about international politics.
Analyze how the theory is relevant to a specific issue in international politics and provide concrete examples to support your main points.
Evaluate whether and why the theory is better than other theories for analyzing the specific issue and the theory’s shortcomings or potential problems.
Your essay should be between 500 and 750 words in length. Please double-space the text and use standard margins. Your essay should have 1) a proper introduction that briefly presents your main points/arguments or introduces the things you want to do in the essay, 2) main body paragraphs that address all the questions above with substantive supporting evidence and examples from the course readings, lectures, and other sources such as scholars’ works or news reports, and 3) a conclusion that concludes your findings or explores the possible direction/focus of future discussion related to the issues analyzed in the essay.
You should not assume that your readers have read the articles and will “figure out” what you mean.
Be sure to attribute all data, facts, and specific arguments that you use to the appropriate authors. In-text citation—with the author’s last name, year, and page number(s)—is preferable and easiest. For example: “Mearsheimer (2001, 5) argues that the structure of the international system has caused states to fear each other”. If you are citing a sentence directly from the author, you should use quotation marks. If you are paraphrasing what the author says, you still need to attribute that to the author properly. Attach a complete list of references at the end of your essay.