Current Courses

Emanuel Adler currently teaches the following courses at the University of Toronto:

POL 345H1
Becoming Israel: War, Peace, and the Politics of Israel’s Identity
Israelis probably are among the few peoples in the world who, even after several generations of independent existence, still ask: “who were we?,” “who are we?,” “who is we?,” “what are we?,” “where are we?,” and “who will we become?” Attempting to show why this is so, this course introduces students to Israeli politics, society, institutions and political practice from the distinctive perspective of the development of Israeli identity (identities). Special attention will be given to the sources of Israeli identity, the main players involved in its politics, and the role of regional war and the peace process in its development and inner conflicts. In particular, the course will trace the construction of Israeli identity, starting from the early times of Zionism and ending with the contemporary identity conflicts over the failed Oslo peace process with the Palestinians, the Palestinian Intifadas, and the wars in Lebanon and Gaza. I will try to show that there is a direct connection between Zionist constituting ideologies, the nature of Israel’s institutions and society, and the split soul of Israeli identity.
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POL 2200Y1
International Politics PhD Core Course
(with Professor Lilach Gilady)
The basic purpose of the core course in international relations is to familiarize doctoral students with competing and complementary theoretical approaches to international politics; to develop students’ ability to assess these literatures critically; and to help students refine the theoretical foundations of their subsequent dissertations.

The course opens with an introductory section that provides an overview of some of the classic writings and overarching questions that drive the theoretical study of international politics. The second section of the course seeks to develop a meta-theoretical framework for the analysis of international relations theory. The third part builds on this framework by offering a structured survey of the leading theoretical schools of contemporary international relations theory. The last part of the course discusses a few examples of significant research programs in international security, international political economy, and ethics as examples of applied theory.
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Previous Courses

Emanuel Adler has previously offered the following courses:


  • The Constructivist Turn in International Relations Theory
  • Knowledge and Power in International Relations
  • Community Building in the Mediterranean Region


  • The Culture of International Security
  • Cooperation in World Politics
  • Rationality and Reason in International Relations
  • Introduction to International Relations

Recent PhD Supervision (partial list)

Name Date of Completion (Institution)
Tal Sadeh 2001 (Hebrew University)
Emily Landau 2004 (Hebrew University)
Raffaella del Sarto 2004 (Hebrew University)
Tal Dingott 2004 (Hebrew University)
Piki Ish Sahlom 2004 (Hebrew University)
Amir Lupovici 2008 (Hebrew University)
Tommy Steiner in progress (Hebrew University)
Shelly Hofman in progress (Hebrew University)
Oded Haklai 2004 (University of Toronto, secondary)
Markus Kornprobst 2005 (University of Toronto)
Corneliu Bjola 2007 (University of Toronto)
Ruben Zaiotti 2008 (University of Toronto)
Vincent Pouliot 2008 (University of Toronto)
Nisha Shah 2008 (University of Toronto)
Patricia Greve in progress (University of Toronto)
Alanna Krolikowski in progress (University of Toronto)
Clifton van der Linden in progress (University of Toronto)
Alena Drieschova in progress (University of Toronto)
Joelle Dumouchel in progress (University of Toronto)
Mark Raymond in progress (University of Toronto, secondary)