Why do countries decide to go to war? What is the purpose of the United Nations? Does trade reduce poverty? Can international agreements help solve environmental problems? Why does genocide occur? This course introduces you to the major theories, concepts, and issues in international politics in order to understand and begin answering vital questions about our world. The course goes beyond examining relations between nation-states to focus on the globalizing aspect of the world system, asking how globalization processes may be changing the nature of politics. Through lectures, readings, discussions and group activities, this course is designed to help you become a more informed citizen of the world, lay a foundation of knowledge regarding the field of international politics, and provide the tools necessary to analyze today’s various global problems.