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School of International Service, PhD

SIS-804 Social Theory in Comparative and International Perspective

This 3 credit course explores theories of social structure, human agency, and power that inform enduring questions of social cohesion: how societies form, hold together, and fall apart. We consider classical authors, historical approaches, and new theories. Attention is given to the extent to which social theory enriches knowledge of International Relations. Offered every spring.

Course Syllabus

Prerequisite: admission to the Ph.D. in International Relations.


Contact Kasey Neil Petri, the PhD Program Coordinator, at 202-885-6582 or

We encourage prospective candidates to visit the University to meet faculty members and current PhD students. To arrange a visit, contact Graduate Admissions at 202-885-1646 or