Dec 03, 2023
POS 202 - Introduction to International Relations [SUN# POS 1120] 3 Credits, 3 Contact Hours
3 lecture periods 0 lab periods
Examination of contemporary international relations. Includes approaches to the study of international relations, international systems, actors in international systems, globalization, and major forms of interactions.
Gen-Ed: Meets AGEC - SBS and G; Meets CTE - SBS and G.
Course Learning Outcomes
- Identify and describe key differences between a realist and a liberal/idealist approach to international relations.
- Differentiate between the individual, state, and global levels of analysis.
- Describe the various approaches to the study of international relations.
- Differentiate a number of historic and contemporary international systems.
- Describe key actors in the international system.
- Explain various aspects of globalization.
- Examine the major forms of interactions between state and nonstate actors.
- Approaches to the Study of International Relations
- Theories and Critiques
- Realism and Neorealism
- Liberalism/Idealism and Neoliberalism
- Critical Theories: Marxism, Dependency Theory, and Feminism
- Levels of Analysis
- Individual level
- State level
- System level
- Theories of International Decision Making
- Different decision making models
- Domestic and international determinants of foreign policy
- Evolution of the International System
- Historic international systems
- Major Great Power Wars and Cycles
- Unipolarity, bipolarity, and multipolarity
- Features of the contemporary global system
- The Global North and the Global South (and the Global East?)
- Actors in the International System
- Sovereign States
- Nonstate Actors
- Intergovernmental Organizations: Global, Regional, Single Purpose, Multipurpose
- Nongovernmental Organizations: Ethnonational movements and indigenous populations, transnational religious movements, humanitarian and other issue advocacy groups, multinational corporations
- Other nonstate actors: international terrorist groups and criminal organizations
- Causes of Armed Conflict at different levels of analysis
- Individual Level: Is war inherent in human nature or due to individual leaders?
- State level: what internal characteristics of states make wars more or less likely?
- Global level: what factors at the global level inhibit or enhance the likelihood of war?
- Realist and Liberal Approaches to Peace
- Different military and diplomatic strategies for preserving peace/preventing war
- Arms races, types of weapons, trends in weaponry, and the global arms trade
- Alliances: part of the problem or of the solution?
- Balance of power
- Arms control and disarmament
- Collective security: regional and international IGOs
- International law, just war theory, and enforcement of human rights norms
- Globalization of Finance and the international monetary system
- Globalization of Trade and competing trade strategies
- Globalization of Production
- Globalization of Labor
- Global Migration patterns and trends
- Global Environmental Challenges and Responses
- Climate Change and its winners and losers
- The politics of fossil fuels and other forms of energy
- Sustainable development
Full Academic Year 2018/2019
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