In this wide-ranging introduction to the study of international politics, we will be exploring how states and non-state actors negotiate their interactions in an increasingly interconnected, interdependent and globalized world. Core themes will include: contending theoretical approaches to international relations (realism, liberalism/idealism, constructivism, structuralism, Marxism, feminism and post-colonialism); historical evolution of the international system; foreign policies of major global and regional powers; the growing international influence of non-state transnational actors such as terrorist networks and humanitarian non-governmental organizations; multilateral organizations and other institutional architectures of global governance; alternative global futures; and case studies of policy responses and solutions to major global issues, including economic inequality, environmental challenges, armed conflicts, and other forms of humanitarian crises.
At the end of this course, you should be able to:
(1) critically evaluate different theoretical frameworks for interpreting global politics;
(2) use appropriate conceptual tools and vocabulary to discuss and make sense of complex global issues;
(3) identify and analyze the enduring issues and challenges that have dominated global politics over time;
(4) critically assess the relative merits of alternative policy options for responding to contemporary global problems.
Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Course Level: 2000-level
T/F 8:30AM - 10:20AM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 20
Course Frequency: Every 2-3 years
Categories: All courses , Politics , Fully In-Person
Tags: Writing , theory , politics , conflict , policy , globalization