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COURSE NUMBER: POLI160
COURSE TITLE:International Relations
DIVISION:Liberal Arts
IAI CODE(S): S5 904N PLS 912
SEMESTER CREDIT HOURS:3
CONTACT HOURS:
DELIVERY MODE:

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
Introduction to basic principles and problems of international relations through a global politics approach. Through key concepts of order, welfare, and legitimacy, aims for the student to become aware of how events and processes at work throughout the world impact upon the student's own personal existence.

PREREQUISITES:
Place into ENGL101.

NOTES:

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES:
The objective will be to introduce the student to the vast theoretical and methodological literature of international relations.  This approach stresses a broad width of knowledge and therefore will lack a detailed focus on any one particular aspect of international relation, but will also be supplemented with discussions of daily topics found in the news.  The ultimate objective of the course is to wed the literature with current events in the hopes of illuminating both.


TOPICAL OUTLINE:
YOU MUST ADHERE TO THESE DEADLINES OR RISK BEING WITHDRAWN FROM THE COURSE:

Complete module 1 by August 24
Complete modules 2-4, and exam 1 by September 7
Complete modules 5-8, and exam 2 by October 5
Complete modules 9-12, and exam 3 by November 9
Complete modules 13-15 by November 30
Complete Final Exam by December 7

Module Number          Topic                  Reading Assignment

Week 1     Introduction to International Relations
Week 2     Levels of Analayis                                      ch.1
Week 3     Realism and Its Alternatives                        ch.2
Week 4     Foreign Policy Decision-making Process     ch.3
Week 5     Challenges to International Security             ch.4
Week 6     20th Century Conflicts                                ch.7
Week 7     Nonstate actors                                          ch.6
Week 8     National Power and National Security         ch.8
Week 9     Realist Path to Peach: Power                       ch. 9
Week 10    Liberal: International Organization and Law ch.10
Week 11    Globalization                                               ch. 11
Week 12    Money and Business                                   ch.12
Week 13    Rich and Poor, North and South                  ch. 5
Week 14    Human Rights                                              ch.13
Week 15    Population Growth and Resources               ch.14


TEXTBOOK / SPECIAL MATERIALS:
Kegley. Global Future. 6th Edition. Cengage.




EVALUATION:
150 points for quizzes
450 points for written modules
300 points for three semester exams
100 points for final exam
1000 points total

All written work must have an introduction, where you introduce the topic and the research questions(s), a body that is logically organized to answer the question or support the paper's argument, and a conclusions or summary that succinctly answers or summarizes the main points.  The paper must be properly cited and contain a bibliography.

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REVISION:
Spring 2013

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