Term 2 Assignment (II)

Dear students,

You were told to write a research paper on realism, and the inquiry question revolved around the two questions appended below:

1a. What are the theoretical assumptions of the realist theory of International Relations Theory and how does realism predict state behavior? [10m]
1b. How does realism explain international relations in Northeast Asia? [15m]

This research paper is a prime example of what positivist research is. It strictly seeks causality in seeking an explanation into the behavior. Part (a) of the research paper is literature review. And students were required re-visit a classic, Hans Morgenthau's Realist Theory of International Relations. This theory outlines an intellectual framework for understanding state behavior. Realists do not focus on governments or leaders, but the state.

Realpolitik, makes fundamental assumptions about the state, of which you must address four inter-related assumptions in this paper. Each assumption must be explained in one paragraph, which leads on the next assumption to be addressed in the next paragraph. Realists also predict four discernible behavior stemming from these assumptions. You must explain them in this logical progression.

Also, this research paper is NOT about the security complex, but realism. You should not be copying wholesale form the journal article, but identify the assumptions and apply this on a case study. In all research, students will find out that the initial phase will entail a very wide scope; in this paper, you do not have the breadth to explore the workings of realism of the whole of Northeast Asia! Therefore, you must choose 1 state from Northeast Asia, and show how the assumptions and predictions of realism are relevant. Most paper, if not all employed an erroneous research technique and all of you have to re-write your paper.

Your paper is due at the end of next week 06/05/2011.
There will be no extensions, as teachers need to submit the final marks, and I need the time to re-mark the papers.

Best wishes in your research.

Mr. Balan.