INTL 5000: Introduction to International Relations
This course is an introduction to international relations, with emphasis on the factors and processes producing harmony and conflict within the international system. In this course, the student will:
- become acquainted with key fundamental theoretical frameworks used by scholars, who study international politics, and some of the dominant issues within international relations in both the current era and in historical perspective
- learn about basic methods, approaches, and problems in the analysis of international relations
- get familiarized with political patterns and issues in the contemporary international system
- learn to think critically and analytically about politics in the contemporary international system and
- focus on the adequacy of government's responses to the problems posed by globalization, nuclear weapons and Weapons of Mass Destructions (WMDs), terrorism, ethnic and religious conflicts, environmental deterioration, global poverty, and human rights abuses.
Five basic issues will serve as the focus of attention for the course:
- different perceptions of the international system
- concept of power, and how it affects the relationships among different countries
- factors conditioning world politics like nationalism, ideology and national interest
- conflict and conflict resolution, and
- The implications of international political economy in the contemporary world.
- Understand the key concepts in International Relations and the three major perspectives (Realism, Idealism and Globalism) and use them to analyze and uate issues in world politics.
- Understand the three levels of analysis (system, state and individual levels) to uate and analyze international events and issues.
- Understand the actors, issues and the tools they use to pursue their interests in the international arena.
- Have the ability to analyze and uate current and historical events and issues in international relations.
- Be able to define, analyze and uate how power affects the relations between international actors and structures their interactions and decision-making processes.
- Understand, analyze and uate the interaction between politics and economy in the international arena.
- Apply the knowledge they acquire from this class to an actual simulation using international relations case study.
- Conduct basic research using Webster's Passports and the Internet and write a research paper.
- Learn how to write a research paper.
- Have a bachelor's degree and be willing to work independently at the graduate level.
- Students should have a general understanding of key historical events in world politics.
- Students should be able to carefully articulate his or her position and provide sound analytical reasoning that will convince others to support their recommendations.
- Demonstrate graduate level composition and grammatical skills.
- Read current events in world politics on a daily basis using newspapers, magazines, internet, TV or radio.
- You are expected to have some knowledge of world geography.
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The course activities revolve around a weekly facilitated discussion of instructor provided current event articles, assigned readings, and lecture notes provided by the instructor. Assessment of learning will be accomplished through uation of weekly class participation, weekly written assignments, simulation group activity and research papers.
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This syllabus may be revised at the discretion of the instructor without the prior notification or consent of the student.