POLS& 203 International Relations • 5 Cr.
Examines the struggle for power and peace and the methods by which affairs are conducted between modern nations.
After completing this class, students should be able to:
- understand the basic vocabulary, questions, and approaches to the study of international relations
- draw informed descriptive or causal inferences from the material being studied
- interpret and explain contemporary issues and conflicts in international politics in light of larger historical factors
- understand the challenges and opportunities that "international anarchy" presents to states and other actors and their available responses
- analyze key concepts and issues in international relations, including the state, power, foreign policy, environment, global poverty, human rights, economic development, interdependence, and globalization using its core concepts and theories
- understand and explain the role of institutions, norms and rules in shaping international outcomes
- analyze the major problems and challenges of international relations and grasp their relevance to their lives and experiences
- demonstrate improved research and writing abilities