– You are required to write a 1000 word case study analysis, and apply one of the theories we have studied to a case study. This can take the form of an essay or report.
– Have a read through the case studies provided and choose one (1) case study that you wish to provide an analysis of by applying one of the international relations theories we have studied this semester. As an alternative option you may use the case study you have followed during the semester (only if you have done so ? this was an option I raised early in the semester).
The object of the exercise is to show how the theoretical frameworks we have explored this semester, and which you have written about in Tutorial Exercise 1, can help explain or interpret the issues involved in the case.
You will need to apply at least one theory to the case study, but you might like to try your hand at applying two theories. Your answer will show how the theory you?ve chosen highlights the major actors, forces, forms of power and recommendations associated with the case at hand. You can also reflect on the weaknesses of the theory in relation to the case.
Challenge yourselves and be creative. Don?t necessarily go for something easy and obvious. We are looking for originality and an excellent understanding of international relations theory. You could achieve this result by doing something more difficult instead of going for the obvious option.
– What to include and focus on.
Your paper should include the following things, though not necessarily in this order:
? A summary of the case: What is the case study you have chosen, and (briefly) what is the background and context of the case?
? A brief discussion of the theory you have selected and its basic principles. Avoid just repeating what you stated in your Tutorial Exercise 1, (if you choose one of the theories you discussed), as the focus of the assignment is the application of the theory to the case study. Remember this part should be brief as the main focus of the exercise is your analysis of a case.
? An analysis of the application of the theory to the case:
1. How does your theory explain or interpret the case?
2. What are the major assumptions, issues and actors identified by the theory?
3. What does the theory suggest are the limitations or incentives presented to the actors involved?
? A reflection on the relevance of your chosen theory in explaining or interpreting the case: What are the strengths and weaknesses of your chosen theory?
? Does the theory you have chosen lead you to make any recommendations about how states should resolve the issue?
We have learned that theory helps simplify the complexity of the real world, this means your theory will emphasize some points in the case as more important than others.
? What kind of argument about the case and its theoretical significance can you make?
? What aspects of the case do you need to emphasize and what aspects are not as important?
For some cases, two theories may apply. I?m quite happy for you to try your hand at comparing a couple of theories and their different accounts of the case. Diane and I think this is quite challenging so making an attempt is likely to be rewarded.