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POLS 051 – Intro International Relations

Credits: 3.00

Course Description: Examines the major theories of international relations, important concepts in the study of international relations (such as the balance of power and democratic peace theory), dilemmas leaders face when formulating foreign policies, and current international events.

Section Description: This course provides students with an introduction to international relations. The course covers the major theories of and approaches to international relations, key concepts in the study of international conflict and cooperation, and the dilemmas foreign policymakers face. Students will learn about academic research on topics ranging from the balance of power to globalization, and discuss these in the context of current events. They will also learn how policymakers deal with these issues, and how these topics relate to a variety of careers in international relations. The course is a mix of lecture and discussion, including organized debates and a policy simulation. After taking this course, students will be able to: 1. Understand important theories and topics in international relations. 2. Analyze the causes and consequences of current events in international relations. 3. Engage in ongoing debates among scholars and policymakers on a variety of international relations topics

CRN: 14774

Section: A

Enrolled/Seats: 83/117

Days Time Location
MWF 10:50 - 11:40 LAFAYETTE HALL L207

Instructor(s): Peter S Henne

Meeting Dates: 13 Jan 2020 - 01 May 2020