Choose one of the theoretical perspectives (realism, feminism, liberalism, neoliberalism, constructivism) and choose what theory you think is best able to understand and explain what you see as the most pressing issue in world politics today. You will need to identify the most important world politics issue, as you see it, then make the case for your selected theory.

The point of this essay is not the identification of the most important issue(s) in world politics, but the account you provide of the theory. The purpose is to get you thinking about how the competing theories studied in this course allow us to see international relations differently. However, do not argue that all the theoretical perspectives we have studied are important. They probably are, but you need to choose one and make an argument that explains why your selected theoretical approach is the best one to understand and explain the most important issues in world politics today.

International Relations