Thinking Analytically in International Relations

Lesson Plan and Readings: Thinking Analytically in International Relations

Lesson Plan Thinking Analytically

Topic: Thinking Analytically in International Relations

Week #: 1

Estimated Time: 150-180 minutes


Lecture Slides: Available

Required Readings:

  1. “One World, Many Actors” by Carmen Gebhard in International Relations edited by Stephen McGlinchey. CC BY-NC
    1. 14 pages
  2. Individual Level: Longo, Matthew, and Bernardo Zacka. 2019. “Political Theory in an Ethnographic Key.” The American Political Science Review 113 (4): 1066–70. CC BY-NC-SA
    1. 5 pages
  3. State Level: Guild, James. 2019. “Feed‐in‐tariffs and the Politics of Renewable Energy in Indonesia and the Philippines.” Asia & the Pacific Policy Studies 6 (3): 417–31. CC BY
    1. 15 pages
  4. System Level: Meulenbelt, Stephanie. 2018. “Assessing Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Threats to the Food Supply Chain.” Global Security: Health, Science and Policy 3 (1): 14–27. CC BY
    1. 13 pages

Total Page Count: 47

Optional Readings and Resources:

  1. Bonanno, Giacomo. 2019. “Game Theory: An Open Access Textbook.” n.d. Accessed December 1, 2019. CC BY-NC-ND
  2. “Periodic Table of 2x2 Games” by Bryan Bruns, CC-BY-SA

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this lesson plan, students will be able to:

  1. Remember the 4 levels of analysis
  2. Analyze examples of levels of analyses
  3. Evaluate the utility of game theory to explain strategic interaction between countries

Misconceptions of Topic:

  1. International relations does not use a rigorous analytical framework
  2. International relations only focuses on country-to-country issues


Lesson Component


Levels of Analysis

Reading 1

Lecture Slides

Exploring the Individual Level

Reading 2

Exploring the State Level

Reading 3

Exploring the System Level

Reading 4

Strategic Interaction

Lecture Slides

Optional Resource 5

Optional Resource 6