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. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
2250 minutes
IV. Prerequisites
None
Corequisites
None
V. Other Pertinent Information
None
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. Learning Goals:

    1. The student will develop an awareness and understanding of the functioning of various forms of government.
    2. The student will develop an awareness and understanding of historical movements that have shaped the modern world.
    3. The student will develop an awareness and understanding of the interdependence of the world’s peoples.
    4. The student will develop an awareness and understanding of the interrelationships between political science, geography, economics, sociology, psychology and history.
    5. The student will learn to discuss issues rationally and logically.
    6. The student will learn to think analytically.
    7. The student will 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 Core Learning Goals:

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

    John G. Stoessinger, The Might of Nations (New York: Random House, latest edition)
VIII. Teaching Methods Employed
Lecture, discussion, film

Review/Approval Date - 10/98