Fall 2019 - POL 141 D100

War, International Cooperation and Development (3)

Class Number: 7349

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    SSCK 9500, Burnaby

    Th 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    SWH 10041, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 10, 2019
    3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    EDB 7618, Burnaby



Explores causes and consequences of international political conflict, including war, terrorism, protectionism, nationalism, economic disparity, migration, and humanitarian crises. Evaluates how states and non-state actors navigate and influence these conflicts and the role of international law, diplomacy, and organizational cooperation. Analyzes worldviews on war, peace, human rights, and world order. Students who have taken POL 241 may not take this course for further credit. Breadth-Social Sciences.


This course will introduce students to the academic study of global politics. We will begin with a brief overview of some important developments in the history of the international system, and then introduce some of the major analytical approaches to the study of international relations, before turning to some important global issue areas. A focus throughout the course will be the ways in which theoretical orientations influence our analysis of the world. Students will be encouraged to think critically about how their own theoretical perspectives – or paradigms – affect the way they see and understand the world.

There will be two 1-hour lectures and one 1-hour tutorial each week.  Tutorials start Week Two.


  • Class/Tutorial Participation 15%
  • Article Summary and Review 20%
  • Paper 30%
  • Final Exam 35%



Baylis, John, Steve Smith, and Patricia Owens (2017). The Globalization of World Politics, 7th edition. Oxford University Press. [GWP]

Department Undergraduate Notes:

The Department of Political Science strictly enforces a policy on plagiarism.
For details, see http://www.sfu.ca/politics/undergraduate/program/related_links.html and click on “Plagiarism and Intellectual Dishonesty” .

Registrar Notes:

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html