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Gary G. Hamilton
SIS 500
Seattle Campus

International Studies Survey

Explores the development of global interdependence from the fifteenth century to World War II; the interrelationship of politics and economics; and international political economy from contextual, institutional, and historical perspectives. Offered: A.

Class description

This seminar examines different approaches to the origins and development of the global system. Through the writings of various authors, the seminar compares and evaluates the role of politics, economics, cultures, and the environment in this history. The students will write four critical review essays about the readings and one bibliographical essay that will focus on the role of economy, politics, culture, or the environment in the development of the international system.

Student learning goals

Students will learn the historical background of 20th century trends, including key concepts, the major approaches to understanding the global system, and the most important interpretations of global system.

General method of instruction

Once a week 2 1/2-hour seminar, and additional preparatory work in world history, as assigned in class.

Recommended preparation

Mastery of the material covered in SIS 200 is required for successful completion of this course.

Class assignments and grading

The students will write four critical review essays about the readings and one bibliographical essay that will focus on the role of economy, politics, culture, or the environment in the development of the international system.

Grades will be assigned on the basis of the five essays written for class, as well as class participation.


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 M Jane Meyerding
Date: 04/20/2010