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POLS 051A,B ~ Introduction to International Relations
CRN: 93703, 93704

Instructor: Martha Thomas Assistant Professor of Political Science; Melissa Ward-Foster, Assistant Professor of Political Science Prof Ward-Foster's CV Prof. Thomas' CV

Would you like to understand world events like the war in Iraq and the North Korean nuclear problem better? Would you like to understand why President Obama raised such hopes around the world and why now many are expressing disappointment at his performance internationally? If so, POLS 051 is the course for you. During our semester together, we will explore how states interact in the international arena. We will ask questions such as why do states go to war and why states sometimes cooperate economically and sometimes do not. We will explore competing theoretical explanations for how states interact in the international arena by looking at historical case studies like World War I, the Cold War, and the formation of the World Trade Organization, as well as relate the issues we are studying to current events.

Requirements Satisfied: one Social Science course
Meets: Sec A: TR 10:00am-11:15am Sec B: TR 1:00pm-2:15pm


POLS 071A,B ~ Comparative Political Systems
CRN: 93705, 93680

Instructor: Peter VonDoepp Associate Professor of Political Science, Caroline Beer, Associate Professor of Political Science Move . . . More . . .

Why are some governments democratic and others authoritarian? Why are some countries rich and other countries poor? How do different types of political institutions influence political outcomes? These are the central questions of comparative politics. The goal of this course is to teach students how to answer important political questions such as these by comparing international political systems.

Requirements Satisfied: one Social Science course
Meets: Sec A: TR 8:30am-9:45am  Sec B: MWF 9:35am -10:25am