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Katherine J Banks
POL S 203
Seattle Campus

Introduction to International Relations

The world community, its politics, and government. Offered: AWSpS.

Class description

This course introduces students to the principles and foundations of international relations, including three major theories: Realism, Liberalism, and Marxism. Throughout the term, we apply these theories to examine a variety of topics in international relations, including the rise of the modern state system, the origins of major wars, globalization, the environment, and developments in contemporary international politics. The primary course objective is to give students the analytical and theoretical tools to understand past and current international relations.

Student learning goals

* introduce students to the three major theories

* use theories to explain key questions about war and economic/transnational issues

* help students to evaluate developments in international politics from the news

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Grades will be based on two in-class midterms (25% each), a final exam (30%), and participation in class discussions (20%). Make-up exams will not be given without permission from the instructor prior to the exam or without official documentation (e.g. doctor's note, mechanic's work order) for the missed exams.


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 Katherine J Banks
Date: 05/10/2013