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Nader Nazemi
BIS 344
Bothell Campus

International Relations

A survey of basic themes in international relations within the context of diplomatic history and American foreign policy. Emphasis is on basic motivational drives of world politics, including national interests, ideology, morality, and nationalism. Discussion of war, diplomacy, American foreign policy, and international organization sheds light on the perennial struggle for power among nations, the security dilemma and instruments of global cooperation.

Class description

This course offers an overview of the field of international relations. It will focus on basic concepts such as nations and nationalism, the nature of the interstate system, the United Nations, power, international conflict and war, and prospects for peaceful conflict resolution. Students will also be introduced to the various modes through which nation-states interact, including, trade, war, diplomacy and alliances. The course will draw on both historical and current examples to assess the complex issues and perspectives central to the field.

Student learning goals

Understand key concepts and issues in the discipline of political science, and effectively communicate these both verbally and in writing

Understand and critically appraise various perspectives on the politics and history

Critically assess media and popular discourse on politics, and engage in independent assessment of political issues

To locate and access information about politics, and take an active role in your own ongoing education

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Nader Nazemi
Date: 04/24/2012