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Stephen Sims

Assistant Professor

Department of Political Science
College of Liberal Arts

585-475-5609
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Stephen Sims

Assistant Professor

Department of Political Science
College of Liberal Arts

Education

BA, Thomas Aquinas College; MA, Ph.D., Baylor University

585-475-5609

Select Scholarship

Book Chapter
Sims, Stephen Patrick. "Cicero\'s Empire of Wisdom." Polis, Nation, and Global Community. Ed. Ann Ward. New York, New York: Routledge, 2022. 16-29. Print.
Sims, Stephen Patrick. "The Tragic and the Equitable in Aristotle's Poetics and Ethics." Politics, Literature, and Film in Conversation: Essays in Honor of Mary P. Nichols. Ed. Matthew Dinan, et al. Lanham, Maryland: Lexington, 2021. 211-225. Print.
Full Length Book
Sims, Stephen Patrick, Patrick C. Cain, and Stephen Block. Democracy and the History of Political Thought. Lanham, Maryland: Lexington, 2021. Print.
Journal Paper
Sims, Stephen Patrick. "Ciceronian International Society." Journal of International Political Theory. (2019): 1-19. Web.

Currently Teaching

POLS-120
3 Credits
The purpose of this course is to provide a basic knowledge of the field of international relations. Among the topics to be addressed are key theoretical concepts, themes and controversies in the field such as: important state and non-state actors in international politics, security, economic relations between states, levels of analysis, and schools of thought.
POLS-205
3 Credits
This course examines the role of ethics in international politics. It will address topics such as humanitarian intervention, just war, the ethics of immigration, international economic justice, accountability in international development aid, and the ethical role of international organizations and non-state actors. Special attention will be given to thinkers who discuss the promise and limits of ethics in international politics and who give an account of the force of international law in establishing ethical norms throughout international political history.
POLS-325
3 Credits
The study of international law and organizations is the study of international cooperation and governance. The course will cover a variety of theoretical and substantive topics including the theories of international law and organizations, the historical development of international organizations, how these organizations work in practice, and whether they are effective. Emphasis will be placed on the United Nations and the role and usefulness of nongovernmental organizations in international organization. Several of the substantive issues discussed are interstate violence and attempts to address humanitarian concerns, globalizations, and the environment.
POLS-375
3 Credits
Grand strategy defines the interests of a state, the means necessary to achieve and protect those interests, the threats to those interests, and the policies and military forces needed to minimize the danger posed by those threats. This course examines grand strategies of great powers from various historical eras and regions to determine the origins of grand strategy and the relationship between a great power's grand strategy and stability in international politics. The focus on a specific regime or regimes will be determined by the instructor and announced in the subtitle. The course can be repeated as the area of focus changes.