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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



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