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Jonathan L. Mercer
POL S 203
Seattle Campus

Introduction to International Relations

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

Class description

Description: This course introduces students to the major theoretical approaches to international relations—Realism, Liberalism, and Marxism—and uses these approaches to address a variety of issues. For example, we will discuss the rise of the modern state system, the origins of WWI, the Cold War, the Gulf and Iraq Wars, genocide in Rwanda, free trade, globalization, North-South relations, the environment, and human rights. Primary course objectives are to demonstrate how theory influences our explanations; to familiarize students with some important issues in international politics; and most important, to help students evaluate contemporary issues in international politics.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

No prerequisites.

Recommended preparation

Texts: Required readings include a course reader and a national newspaper.

Class assignments and grading

Assignments: Three in-class exams.

Grading: Exams: 80 %; Class/quiz participation: 20%.


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.
Additional Information
Last Update by Jonathan L. Mercer
Date: 01/24/2014