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