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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

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Journal Paper
Sims, Stephen Patrick. "Ciceronian International Society." Journal of International Political Theory. (2019): 1-19. Web.

Currently Teaching

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-440
3 Credits
Explores the enduring reality of war through an analysis of regional and global conflicts since the establishment of the modern international system. Key concepts include deterrence, appeasement, offensive-defensive military strategies, and international balances of power. These will be applied to several historical cases to explain why wars occur and how they might be avoided.
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.