Compare and contrast realism and idealism, incorporating ideas from philosophers and political figures who promote each viewpoint. Provide examples from current events to illustrate each viewpoint. Which viewpoint best fits your outlook on politics and international relations? Why?


  • Write a formal essay 2-3 pages in length, complete with citations from at least two outside academic sources from the CSU-Global Library to support your findings.
  • Cite these on a separate page at the end of the essay and include a title page at the beginning.
  • Always follow the CSU-Global Guide to Writing and APA style and review the library material concerning APA style before turning in this assignment.

Required Rubric

  • Chapters 5 & 6 in The Challenge of Politics, An Introduction to Political Science
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  • Pham, J. P. (2015). What is in the national interest? Hans Morgenthau’s realist vision and American foreign policy. American Foreign Policy Interests, 37(4), 187-193. doi:10.1080/10803920.2015.1080073
  • Tierney, Jr., J. J. (2014). For America “the war to end war” was just the beginning. Brown Journal of World Affairs, 21(1), 219-229.


  • U.S. Constitution. (2008, February 11). Amendments I-X (Bill of Rights) [Video file]. Retrieved from
  • National Archives. (n.d.). Declaration of Independence. Retrieved from
  • Obama, B. (2009, December). Remarks by the President at the acceptance of the Nobel Peace. Retrieved from
  • If you would like to view former President Obama’s speech, you may do so here: And for some lighthearted fun: Steve Martin in
  • The Death of Socrates. (2010, December 28). [Video file]. Retrieved from

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