Document Type

Undergraduate Syllabus


Fall 2016



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Course Description

This course is an introduction to the field of International Relations -its basic concepts, theories and central concerns such as war and peace, conflict and cooperation, poverty and prosperity. The course will provide you with an understanding of the basic concepts in the field, including power, interdependence, sovereignty and globalization. We will examine different levels of analysis that structure this inquiry, and learn the different ways in which scholars of global politics explain evolution and functioning of the international system. The course will focus on the nation-state, historically the primary actor in IR, as well as examine the growing role of non-state actors, including non-governmental and international organizations as well as social movements. Students will develop a basic understanding of different theoretical approaches and utilize these lenses to explain international events, applying this knowledge to explain and understand the relations of different actors in the international system. As a course designed to meet the Oral Communication Proficiency, students will also be expected to demonstrate and hone oral and written communications skills. Learning Outcomes: 1. Familiarity with the basic concepts, theories and perspectives of IR to understand and analyze world events of your time 2. A foundation from which to critically think about, analyze and relate current issues to contemporary IR 3. Application of theoretical concepts and theories in analyzing real-life cases.