Fall 2023 - POL 141 D100
International Relations (3)
Class Number: 3844
Delivery Method: In Person
Course Times + Location:
Sep 6 – Dec 5, 2023: Mon, Wed, 9:30–10:20 a.m.
Oct 10, 2023: Tue, 9:30–10:20 a.m.
Exam Times + Location:
Dec 13, 2023
Wed, 8:30–10:30 a.m.
1 778 782-3089
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.
The course offers an introduction to actors and current issues in world politics. Topics include: states and non-state actors; international organizations, negotiations and global governance; violent conflict and international security; terrorism; international political economy, global environmental politics, and human rights.
COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:
Students will pursue the following objectives:
1) Develop knowledge of contemporary international affairs;
2) Improve understanding of the forces that shape world politics;
3) Refine their ability to engage in political analysis of current events; and
4) Grow awareness of the impacts of world politics on our lives.
- News Journal 30%
- October exam 30%
- Final Exam 30%
- Tutorial 10%
MATERIALS + SUPPLIES:
The textbook is James M. Scott, Ralph G. Carter and A. Cooper Drury, International Relations: International, Economic and Human Security in a Changing World (Sage Publishing 2022, fourth edition). In addition, we will read academic articles that are available electronically on the Canvas course site.
REQUIRED READING NOTES:
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Department Undergraduate Notes:
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