Course level: Undergraduate
Constructivism is a perspective in the social sciences that highlights the constructed nature of social reality. This seminar introduces students to the core ontological, epistemological and theoretical assumptions of Constructivism and acquaints them with the variety of research that shares these assumptions in the field of International Relations and beyond. The seminar is structured in two parts. In the first part, we develop the core tenets of Constructivism as a theoretical perspective and discuss the ethical commitments that it entails. In the second part, we discuss Constructivist International Relations research as it relates to some of the core concepts of this perspective.