MAKE SURE YOU’RE PREPARED: SOME GOOD SUMMER READS FOR THE MASTER PROGRAMME
Nothing better than reading a little bit to get a taste of and/or remember and strengthen your knowledge in Political Science in International Relations. These texts have been selected to offer you a panorama of the fundamentals you will have to acquire and discuss. This is especially crucial for students without a bachelor in political science (but not restricted to them!): for those of you in this situation, please make sure you have read many texts. This will save you some extra work and unnecessary stress in the Fall Semester.
This list is not exhaustive but encompasses classics in many disciplines. They are available online
- On thinking in Social Sciences: intellectual work and epistemology
POPPER, Karl, “A Survey of Some Fundamental Problems,” in The Logic of Scientific Discovery, New York: Harper TorchBook, pp. 27-48. https://goo.gl/2UCech
WEBER, Max, 2004 . « Science as vocation », in The Vocation Lectures, edited and with an Introduction by David Owen and Tracy B. Strong, trans. Rodney Livingstone, Indianapolis/Cambridge : Hackett Publishing Company, pp. 1-31. https://goo.gl/P3DtMp
- On the basics of Political Science and Comparative Politics
SARTORI, Giovanni, 1970. “Concept Misformation in Comparative Politics”, American Political Science Review, 64: 1033-1053. https://goo.gl/7nqbNa
COLLIER, David, LEVITSKY, Steven Levitsky, 1997. “Democracy with Adjectives: Conceptual Innovation in Comparative Research,” World Politics, 49(3): 430-451. https://goo.gl/QB8WZZ
- On International Relations
COX, Robert W., 1981. “Social Forces, States and World Orders: Beyond International Relations Theory,” Millennium – Journal of International Studies, 10(2): 126–55.
HOFFMAN, Stanley, 1977. “An American Social Science: International Relations,” Daedalus, 106(3): 41- 60. https://goo.gl/8dSdgh
KOSKENNIEMI, Martii, 2005. “International Law in Europe: `Between Tradition and Renewal,” The European Journal of International Law, 16(1): 113-124. https://goo.gl/VpQm4Z
KRATOCHWIL, Friedrich, RUGGIE, John, 1986. “International Organization: A State of the Art on an Art of the State.” International Organization, 40(4): 763-775. https://goo.gl/BnDf7B