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POLS& 203 - Introduction to International Relations

5 Credits
Survey of relations between nations, including environmental, ethnic and economic divisions; world political systems; the nature of conflict and cooperation across the globe.


Quarters Typically Offered

Fall Day

Designed to Serve Transfer students; political science and global studies majors; students needing social science credit.
Active Date 2011-10-17

Grading Basis Decimal Grade
Class Limit 38
Contact Hours: Lecture 55 Lab 0 Field Studies 0 Clinical 0 Independent Studies 0
Total Contact Hours 55
Degree Distributions:
  • Social Science Area I

Course Outline
1. Introduction. 2. Theories of power. 3. Impact of domestic interests on international politics. 4. Superpowers. 5. Regional powers. 6. Cooperation. 7. Conflict and conflict resolution. 8. Non-governmental actors. 9. Globalization and trade. 10. Current issues; applications.

Student Learning Outcomes
Understanding of the different perspectives of governments around the world.

Understanding of world political systems.

Understanding the possibilities of conflict and cooperation in international relations.

Gain knowledge of the tools of foreign policy, and the constraints faced by policy makers.

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