POLI212 International Relations
Department of Social & Behavioral Science: Political Science
Course Number and TitlePOLI212 International Relations
Number of Credits3 credits
Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester2250 minutes
Other Pertinent InformationNone
Catalog Course DescriptionThe study of international relations. An introduction to geopolitics, emphasis on diplomacy, crisis solving techniques, ideology, nationalism, and international problem solving.
Required Course Content and Direction
- The student will develop an awareness and understanding of the functioning of various forms of government.
- The student will develop an awareness and understanding of historical movements that have shaped the modern world.
- The student will develop an awareness and understanding of the interdependence of the world’s peoples.
- The student will develop an awareness and understanding of the interrelationships between political science, geography, economics, sociology, psychology and history.
- The student will learn to discuss issues rationally and logically.
- The student will learn to think analytically.
- The student will learn to read critically.
Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:
- The Nation-State system and the nature of power
- The Cold War: A Retrospective
- The North-South Struggle: imperialism, colonialism, and nationalism
- Political Power Struggles of our time
- Military and economic conflicts
- The struggle for order: diplomacy
- The Struggle for order: International law
- The Struggle for Order: The United Nations
- Regionalism and Political Order
- The Military Struggle for order
- The Economic Struggle for order
- Order and the global economy
- Perception and Reality in world politics
Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:
Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:John G. Stoessinger, The Might of Nations (New York: Random House, latest edition)
Teaching Methods EmployedLecture, discussion, film
Review/Approval Date - 10/98