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International Relations

Course Number: POL 251
Credits: 4
Offered: Every Semester
Instructor: Dr. Dandavati, Dr. Holmes, Dr. Toppen

Overview:

This course is a general introduction to major problems of relations among independent nation states. Past and present political modernization as it impacts international relations is the first course unit. This is followed by a study of the impact of ideologies and the world wars upon the conduct of international relations. A study of current military strategies and problems of increasing political diversity is conducted. Policy making is studied as most students represent countries in a simulation of the international system. The final major section of the course studies international law, organization, and systems as methods of conflict resolution. Aspects of International Economics are included in each area of study.

No background in international relations is required to take the course, but it is anticipated that some members of the class will bring their background to bear on the course material. The scope of material covered in this course is deliberately broad in order to confront the student with a large number of considerations. It is the hope of the instructor that this will inspire the student to advanced study or a lifetime pattern of critical analysis of international affairs.


*Note:This course fulfills the Global Learning International requirement.