Teaching

Emanuel Adler currently teaches three courses at the University of Toronto.

The first course is “Becoming Israel: War, Peace and the Politics of Israel’s Identity (POL345Y1).” POL345Y1 is a full year undergraduate level course that focuses primarily on teaching students how Israeli identity has evolved over time.  Below you will find a short introduction that touches upon the course’s subject matter. If you would like to view the full syllabus for POL345Y1, please click here.

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 and the recent Intifada. 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.

The second course Emanuel Adler teaches is “International Politics (POL2200Y1Y).” POL2200Y1Y is a full year graduate level course for doctoral students that focuses on the construction and evaluation of theoretical approaches to international politics. Below you will find a short introduction that touches upon the course’s content. If you would like to view the full syllabus for POL2200Y1Y, please click here.

The basic purpose of this 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, ethics, and change as examples of applied theory.

The third course Emanuel Adler teaches is “Advanced Theory Workshop on Change in International Relations (POL486/2205H1S)”. This half year course is a graduate and an advanced undergraduate joint course taught in the spring and focuses on exploring how changes occur in international relations. Below is a short introduction to the course. If you would like to view the course’s full syllabus, please click here.

This International Relations (IR) theory seminar is dedicated to studying change in IR. While most IR theories implicitly evoke some kind of change in international relations, little attention has been given so far to theorizing change itself. The seminar will examine how change has implicitly and explicitly been studied in IR theory and will suggest new ways of thinking about change in international relations. We will conclude the workshop by asking whether change can be progressive and whether studying change in IR can contribute not only to IR theory more generally, but also to addressing IR’s practical issues and problems. The students’ research papers will aim at applying theories of change in practice.