What does the field of international relations mean in a contemporary context? How are important issues addressed by intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations (IGOs and NGOs)?
We will begin by exploring the foundations of international relations theory, then look closely at four key areas of contemporary concern. We’ll consider international humanitarian law and the laws of war, refugees and the legal and institutional recognition of homelessness, weapons proliferation and arms control, and the challenge of climate change. Along the way, we will examine the tools available for international problem-solving, their possibilities and their limits.
Note: Back by popular demand, from fall 2019.
Please note that enrollment in this course is reserved for adults 55+.