Tue, Sep 15
POL 389-800, Security Studies
SUNY Oswego | Fall 2020
Dr. Craig Warkentin
- Ch. 6, Social Constructivism (Agius, 74-90)
- Articulate the main assumptions of constructivism
- Explain how constructivism conceptualizes security
- Describe constructivism's prescription(s) for security
- Contrast constructivism to other covered approaches
- agency-structure debate (75)
- anarchy (75)
- balance of power (83)
- causality (78)
- Cuban Missile Crisis (85)
- dialogical (88)
- endogenous (78)
- exogenous (78)
- genocide (86)
- intersubjective (78)
- neutrality (78)
- Non-Proliferation Treaty (81)
- norms (74)
- power (76)
- rationalism (84)
- security dilemma (81)
- Why does identity matter to constructivists?
- What are norms and how do they affect security? How might norm change impact security, particularly in an era of populism?
- What is the difference between conventional and critical constructivism? Does it matter? If so, why?
- How do constructivists think about agents and structures?
- What is problematic about Wendtian constructivism?
- How do constructivists accounts of security questions, such as the persistence and expansion of NATO after the Cold War, differ from rationalist accounts?
- Is security always about identity?
- Do any of Wendt's three cultures of anarchy accurately reflect the international system today?
- What is beneficial and problematic about conventional constructivism's claim to build bridges between rationalist and reflectivist approaches?
- To what extent is culture important in terms of security?