Charles Lipson

teaches international politics at the University of Chicago. He also writes for students about academic success and honest work at the university level.

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E-mail: [email protected]


Charles Lipson

Peter B. Ritzma Professor

Political Science Department

University of Chicago

5828 S. University Ave.

Chicago, IL 60637


List of Recent Courses
For details and a syllabus, please click on the course

  Undergraduate Course #          
Graduate #

World Politics from the 1490s to 1815: A History

Political Science 213 323
Great Power Politics in the Nineteenth Century: A History Political Science 214 324
World Politics in the Twentieth Century, 1914-45: A History Political Science 215 325
The Cold War, 1945-91: A History Political Science 216 326
Big Wars: Ancient, Medieval, and Early Modern Political Science 291 391
Introduction to International Relations Political Science 290 398
Core Western Values Political Science 261 361
Hard Questions in IR Theory Political Science   454 grads only
Sources of International Order Political Science   460 grads only
PIPES Graduate Workshop in International Relations Political Science   593-594-595 grads only
Power, Identity, Resistance   Social Science 111  
IR Grad Exam Reading List    



Since many students use these courses as springboards to write BA or MA theses, I have written some brief advice on the topic. I have also listed items faculty need to write recommendations for you.

Grumpy but Useful Advice on Writing a Thesis for B.A. and M.A. students (supplements my book "How to Write a BA Thesis")

Getting a Good Recommendation for B.A. and M.A. students

Law School: Advice on Applying

Pages on this Web site
Lipson Courses
Lipson talks
Home List of my courses
International Politics
Talks on Education & Honesty
Books by Charles Lipson
Talks by Charles Lipson Hard Questions in IR Theory
Courses offered
PIPES Workshop
International Relations Resources
World History& Politics
Reading, Writing, Plagiarism 15th-18th c. World Politics
How to Write a Thesis Great Power Politics in the 19th century
Politics and Culture 20th c World Politics to 1945
Fun Cold War,  1945-91
Talks on Global Issues
News Pages
Big Wars: Ancient, Medieval, & Early Modern What's New about the New Economy?
World News
Values, Politics, and Culture
The World America Made
Middle East News Core Western Values Political Threats to Global Prosperity
Headline News
Social Science Core
Turning Points of the 20th Century
World News-Web Audio Power, Identity, Resistance Democracies in World Politics
Advice for students
  Israel's Challenges
How to Write a Thesis   China in World Politics
Getting a Good Recommendation   The Cold War
Law School: Advice on Applying   Why We Fought WW2
(c) Charles Lipson, 2011