Document Type

Undergraduate Syllabus


Fall 2015



Course Number

DIPL 1711

Course Description

Designed as an introductory survey course to the field of International Relations, this course explores the causes, character, and consequences of conflict and cooperation in world politics. The course brings together history, theory, and current events to help students understand the main drivers and patterns of behavior in the international system. Core questions that will be tackled include: What are the causes of war and peace? Is international cooperation attainable? Is globalization good or bad? Is the U.S. a declining great power? What are the most dangerous threats facing states today? As a course designed to meet the Critical Thinking Proficiency Guidelines, students will be expected to demonstrate and hone their analytical skills.