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C. Leigh Anderson
SIS 534
Seattle Campus

International Affairs

Provides a broad understanding of international issues and United States policy. Students explore U.S. foreign policy and theories of major international actors in international trade, security, and strategic concerns, refugee policy, conflict resolution, development assistance, and the environment. Offered: jointly with PB AF 530/POL S 534.

Class description

This is a survey course intended to introduce students to current policy issues in international affairs. We will briefly cover the main theories within international relations, international economics and international development and look at how the traditional themes of security, trade and aid can be examined by looking at the resource flows behind them: people, power, goods and capital. We will consider the historic and current roles of the major multilateral institutions such as the United Nations, World Bank, IMF and WTO and how they have affected these resource flows over time, and responded to them. There will be a strong emphasis in the course on understanding the economic relationships that underlie political actions.

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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: 10/18/2006