POLI212 International Relations

Department of Social & Behavioral Science: Political Science

I. Course Number and Title
POLI212 International Relations
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
V. Other Pertinent Information
VI. Catalog Course Description
The study of international relations. An introduction to geopolitics, emphasis on diplomacy, crisis-solving techniques, ideology, nationalism, and international problem-solving.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. develop an awareness and understanding of the functioning of various forms of government;
    2. develop an awareness and understanding of historical movements that have shaped the modern world;
    3. develop an awareness and understanding of the interdependence of the world's peoples;
    4. develop an awareness and understanding of the interrelationships between political science, geography, economics, sociology, psychology, and history;
    5. learn to discuss issues rationally and logically;
    6. learn to think analytically; and
    7. learn to read critically.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. The Nation-State System and the Nature of Power
    2. The Cold War: A Retrospective
    3. The North-South Struggle: Imperialism, Colonialism, and Nationalism
    4. Political Power Struggles of Our Time
    5. Military and Economic Conflicts
    6. The Struggle for Order: Diplomacy
    7. The Struggle for Order: International Law
    8. The Struggle for Order: The United Nations
    9. Regionalism and Political Order
    10. The Military Struggle for Order
    11. The Economic Struggle for Order
    12. Order and the Global Economy
    13. Perception and Reality in World Politics
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    John G. Stoessinger, The Might of Nations (New York: Random House, latest edition).

Review/Approval Date - 10/98; New Core 8/2015