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.
The purpose of this course is to acquaint students with some of the basic principles of global politics. It is not a course about current events per se though an effort will be made to integrate contemporary events and issues as a way of understanding the world beyond our borders. The lectures and readings will be used to illustrate basic principles that are both historical and contemporary.
The course intends to serve four principal goals: 1) to develop critical and creative capacities for understanding issues in world politics; 2) to introduce some of the basic concepts and approaches currently used in the study of global politics; 3) to foster skills in formulating, organizing, integrating , and articulating one=s ideas; 4) to encourage an informed interest in our role in world affairs.
The course is organized into three parts. Part one serves as an introduction for various theories of global politics as well as offering an introduction to the individual, societal and systemic levels of analysis in global politics. Part two will consider issues of war, peace, collective security and the environment with a particular emphasis on current concerns and crises. Part three provides an overview of the global political economy including trade, monetarization of the global economy and globalization.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Lecture and some small group.
To be informed on international events as they relate to the news.
Class assignments and grading
Tests and an essay.
An essay, tests, participation and a final.